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This Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is a quick and easy weeknight version of the traditional, slow-simmered Italian meal. It’s a homemade pasta dish with herbs, spices, and seasonings that is both filling and comforting. Learn how to make the best bolognese sauce with a few tips and tricks along the way!
Spaghetti Bolognese and I go back quite a while. I remember my mom making this classic Italian meal at home when I was growing up. To me, the scent of meaty tomato sauce simmering away on the stovetop is the definition of comfort food.But unlike my mom’s version that took hours on the stovetop, I’ve updated the recipe to make a quick bolognese sauce that can be prepared any night of the week. And the best part you ask? It is a crowd-pleaser.
Made with a creamy bolognese sauce this weeknight pasta dish will be one you’ll make time and time again in about one-third of the time it used to take my mom. The trick is all about good-quality ingredients – the best type of meat, the right tomatoes, and fresh herbs and spices.
Yields: 6 servings Prep Time: 15 mins Cook Time: 30 mins Total: 45 mins
What is spaghetti bolognese?Spaghetti bolognese is just in the name – spaghetti tossed in a sauce made from tomatoes, minced beef, garlic, wine, herbs, and spices. It is a classic Italian dish that has some American roots.
A traditional bolognese sauce made in the northern city of Bologna, Italy is served with broad, flat noodles such as tagliatelle, pappardelle or fettuccine. Another popular way to prepare it is lasagna bolognese. The thinking is that the thick sauce blends better with wider-shaped pasta.
But tossing the bolognese sauce with spaghetti is an Americanized version of the classic. In other words, much quicker and easier, perfect for busy weeknights.
PRO TIP: If you’d like a mix of meat rather than just one kind, many grocery stores sell a pre-mixed combination of ground beef, pork, and veal. It will be labeled as meatball mix or meatloaf mix. Simply ask your butcher if you can’t find it!
Herbs and spicesThe list of spices and herbs to put in my bolognese meat sauce recipe could be as long or as short as you want. Below are the ones I used but feel free to switch it up with whatever herbs and spices you have on hand.