Spaghetti Bolognese

Posted: February 19

Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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Everyone loves Spaghetti Bolognese. It’s just a fact of life. Who could say no to tender spaghetti noodles in a rich and sweet homemade meat sauce? That meat sauce is certainly something to write home about, with plenty of Italian seasoning and notes of bright and mellow flavor. Spaghetti Bolognese only takes 40 minutes to make so you can add it to your weekday rotation whenever you need something comforting and delectable.


• 1 pound spaghetti, uncooked • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 1 pound ground beef, extra-lean • 1 large onion, chopped • 4 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tablespoon dried oregano • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes • 2 tablespoons tomato paste • 1 cup red wine • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes • 2 tablespoons basil, chopped • 1/2 teaspoon salt • 1/2 teaspoon pepper • 1/4 cup heavy cream • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated • 2 tablespoons basil, optional, chopped, for garnish


Step 1

In a large pot, bring salted water to a boil.

Step 2

Cook the spaghetti al dente according to package directions.

Step 3

Save about 1/4 cup of the pasta water for the sauce.

Step 4

Drain the pasta and set it aside.

Step 5

Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 6

Cook the ground beef, breaking it up, until no longer pink, about 5-7 minutes.

Step 7

Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onions are translucent and soft, about 5 minutes. The garlic should be fragrant, so stir frequently to prevent it from burning.

Step 8

Add the oregano, red pepper flakes, and tomato paste, stirring.

Step 9

Stir in the red wine and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 5 minutes.

Step 10

Add the crushed tomatoes and the 2 tablespoons of the basil.

Step 11

Season with the salt and pepper.

Step 12

Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring.

Step 13

Reduce the heat to a medium-low.

Step 14

Cover the pot and cook for about 20 minutes.

Step 15

Stir in the heavy cream.

Step 16

Taste for seasoning.

Step 17

If the sauce is too thick, add some of the reserved pasta water to thin it out.

Step 18

Add the spaghetti to the pot and toss well with the sauce.

Step 19

Sprinkle the pasta with parmesan cheese and the remaining basil.

Step 20

Serve immediately.

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