Bolognese with Spaghetti – No Lost Meatballs Here

Bolognese with Spaghetti is full of robust flavor and provides a spin on an Italian classic. Packed with beef and vegetables and served atop spaghetti.

I feel like I can truly speak the Italian language when I go to an¬†Italian restaurant all because I took one Italian class in undergrad and received an A. Bolognese means “meat sauce” in English. Traditionally, pappardelle, tagliatelle or some other kind of flat pasta is used, but I was craving spaghetti, but not meatballs, so I decided on Bolognese – makes me feel like a grown-up! No meatballs getting lost on top of Old Smokey when someone sneezes. ūüôā

This is a simple recipe and as long as you let the Bolognese simmer, you’ll feel like Sofia on Golden Girls by time it’s all said and done.

Vegetables for Bolognese with Spaghetti

It’s important to start this recipe with saut√©ed vegetables. Traditional Bolognese uses carrots and celery, I switch it up by using diced¬†red, orange, yellow and green bell peppers, along with fresh minced garlic and onion. They’re the same colors, right?! ūüôā

If you can find mini peppers in a single pack, that will be best, because otherwise, you will only need to use half of each pepper. Truth be told, I have never seen a mini green bell pepper, but I’m sure they’re out there!

Bolognese with Spaghetti and Garlic Knots

You can mix ground beef with sausage or simply use all ground beef. Mixing the two will add an extra layer of flavor, but in this recipe, I opted for all beef. After allowing it to simmer for an hour, stirring often, the end result is a rich, meat sauce that can top any bowl of pasta. 

If you look¬†closely, you’ll notice those yummy made from scratch¬†garlic knots. They are topped with a garlic butter and fresh parmesan hot out the oven. Stay tuned for the recipe, but in the meantime, go make some Bolognese with Spaghetti!

Enjoy!

Bolognese with Spaghetti

Servings: 4-6

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 1 Hour

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef *
  • 3 Mini Peppers (red, yellow, orange), diced
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper, diced
  • 1 Medium Onion, diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves,¬†minced
  • 1 tsp Olive Oil
  • 1 28 oz Can Diced Tomatoes
  • 3 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 2 tsp Basil
  • 1/4 Cup Parsley, minced
  • Kosher Salt, to taste
  • Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. Sautee garlic until fragrant, taking care not to let it burn, then add the bell peppers, and onion.

  2. Add ground beef (and sausage, if using), to the skillet and cook until fully browned. Drain excess grease and return the meat to the skillet.

  3. Add tomatoes (with juice), tomato paste and water. Stir to combine.

  4. Add sugar, salt, basil and stir. Cover and let simmer, regularly stirring, on low heat for 1 hour. If sauce becomes too thick while simmering, add more water, 1/4 Cup at a time.

  5. Stir in parsley, serve over cooked spaghetti or other pasta of your choice. Top with parmesan cheese.

* Note: You can opt to use 1 lb Ground Beef and 1 lb Italian Sausage

Bolognese with Spaghetti and Garlic Knots

 

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Bolognese with Spaghetti is full of robust flavor and provides a spin on an Italian classic. Packed with beef and vegetables and served atop spaghetti. Author: Dene' V. Alexander © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy
    Servings Prep Time
    4-6 20 Minutes
    Cook Time
    1 Hour
    Servings Prep Time
    4-6 20 Minutes
    Cook Time
    1 Hour
    Bolognese with Spaghetti
    Print Recipe
    Bolognese with Spaghetti is full of robust flavor and provides a spin on an Italian classic. Packed with beef and vegetables and served atop spaghetti. Author: Dene' V. Alexander © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy
      Servings Prep Time
      4-6 20 Minutes
      Cook Time
      1 Hour
      Servings Prep Time
      4-6 20 Minutes
      Cook Time
      1 Hour
      Ingredients
      Servings:
      Instructions
      1. Heat olive oil in a medium skillet on medium heat. Sautee garlic until fragrant, taking care not to let it burn, then add the bell peppers, and onion.
      2. Add ground beef (and sausage, if using), to the skillet and cook until fully browned. Drain excess grease and return the meat to the skillet.
      3. Add tomatoes (with juice), tomato paste and water. Stir to combine.
      4. Add sugar, salt, basil and stir. Cover and let simmer, regularly stirring, on low heat for 1 hour. If sauce becomes too thick while simmering, add more water, 1/4 Cup at a time.
      5. Stir in parsley, serve over cooked spaghetti or other pasta of your choice. Top with parmesan cheese.
      Recipe Notes

      * Note: You can opt to use 1 lb Ground Beef and 1 lb Italian Sausage

      © 2017 Biscuits & Savvy

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      20 comments on “Bolognese with Spaghetti – No Lost Meatballs Here

      1. This looks so good! I think that I would use half ground beef and half sausage for extra flavor, like you suggested.

      2. If I were to learn a language, it would be Italian! Can’t wait to see the garlic knots recipe they look so delicious!

      3. Love those mini peppers! Definitely the right choice. ūüėČ

      4. My family loves pasta and a good bolognese sauce. So this dish is right up my alley. Your photography is great very inviting dish =)

      5. We are huge bolognese fans in our home so this sounds so delicious. Love how you photographed the dish too!

      6. We love Bolognese sauce and make it frequently. The time it takes to make is well worth the effort. We usually don’t add any peppers to our sauce — interesting. We might give it a go. Your photos are wonderful.

      7. What absolutely stunning photos of an old classic recipe. I love italian food – it just screams comfort to me!

      8. your pics talks about the dish. my hubby loves italian v dont eat meat, but i can imgaine the flavours

      9. Bolognese pasta is one of my favorite dishes. I’ve never tried it with peppers (I make the traditional Italian soffritto), but am definitely intrigued. It looks delicious!

      10. The bolognese with the mini peppers looks so good. Love those little bags with the colorful peppers that I see in the stores. Can’t wait for the garlic knots recipe.

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