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Spagetti Bolognese

Traditional spaghetti Bolognese is easy to make has a perfect balance of flavors. You'll love this classic Italian meat sauce!


  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ pound ground beef, 80% lean
  • 6 oz. ground Italian sausage, sweet or spicy
  • 1 cup red wine, see note 1
  • 18 oz can ground/crushed tomatoes, see note 2
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, or 1/4 tsp dry
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage, or 1/4 tsp dry
  • Salt/Pepper, to taste
  • 12 oz. spaghetti, (3/4 of a 1 lb. box.)
  • Fresh parsley, to garnish
  • Parmesan cheese, to garnish


  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan.
  • Add the onions, carrots, and celery and cook until softened. About 5 minutes.
  • Add the meat and cook for 10 additional minutes, crumbling and stirring occasionally.
  • Deglaze the pan with the wine.
  • Add the tomatoes and seasonings. Let simmer for one hour, partially covered.
  • Taste it and season with salt and pepper if desired.
  • Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain well. Use kitchen tongs to toss the spaghetti into the saucepan with the pasta sauce.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and Parmesan cheese and serve!



Note 1: Chianti, Pinot Pior, and Merlot are the best wines for Bolognese sauce. (I’ve also used Cabernet Sauvignon.)
Substitutes for Red Wine in Bolognese Sauce:

Note 2: I use a full 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes when I make this recipe, you can adjust this based on your preference. Authentic Bolognese has less tomato sauce than this.

A bay leaf and a pinch of red pepper flakes may also be added if desired.

For creamy Bolognese sauce, Add 1 tablespoon of softened cream cheese to the sauce mixture.

Homemade cheesy garlic bread and a side salad with Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing is perfect with this meal!


Calories: 575kcal, Carbohydrates: 63g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 21g, Saturated Fat: 8g, Cholesterol: 58mg, Sodium: 430mg, Potassium: 791mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 2258IU, Vitamin C: 13mg, Calcium: 81mg, Iron: 4mg