30 Minute Weeknight Spaghetti Bolognese
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10minutes
Cook Time
20minutes
Quick and easy Weeknight Spaghetti Bolognese bursting with flavor on your table in under 30 minutes but tastes like its been simmering all day! We make this recipe more than ANY OTHER RECIPE!
Ingredients
Bolognese Sauce
  • 1pound lean ground beef
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped*
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped*
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 114 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 124 oz. jar quality marinara sauce(traditional Barilla or Classico)
  • 1 1/2teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2teaspoons dried basil
  • 2teaspoons chicken bouillon
  • 1/2-1teaspoon sugar(to taste)
  • 1tsp EACH salt, dried oregano, dried parsley
  • 1/2teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4-1/2teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4teaspoon red chili pepper flakes.(optional)
Add later:
  • 1/4cup heavy cream(optional)
Garnish
  • fresh parsley
  • LOTS of parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook spaghetti al dente according to the package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water before draining. Toss drained spaghetti with a little olive oil to keep the noodles from sticking to each other.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add meat, onions, carrots and celery and cook until meat is browned.
  3. Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds. Drain off any excess grease if needed.
  4. Stir in all of the remaining “Bolognese Sauce” ingredients up to the heavy cream and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Simmer gently uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add heavy cream and continue to simmer 5 minutes or until sauce reaches desired consistency. If you like a thinner sauce, stir in a little of the reserved pasta water a little at a time.
  5. Serve Bolognese Sauce over spaghetti and garnish with plenty of Parmesan!
Recipe Notes

*Carrots and celery enhance the flavor of this Bolognese but the sauce is still delicious if you don’t have them on hand.

**Heavy cream adds creamy richness and is an authentic Bolognese touch but is definitely not necessary.