Classic Spaghetti Bolognese

Picture this: a cozy Italian trattoria nestled in the heart of a charming village. The aroma of tomatoes, herbs, and rich umami wafts from the kitchen, filling the air with anticipation. The dish that steals the show? Classic Spaghetti Bolognese – a culinary masterpiece that has warmed hearts and satisfied palates for generations.
This timeless recipe brings together the finest ingredients to create a symphony of flavors. The star-studded cast includes plump tomatoes, aromatic basil, garlic with a hint of sweetness, and the bold richness of ground beef. The ingredients dance together in a harmonious union, their flavors melding over slow and loving heat.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 lb spaghetti
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot, sauté the ground beef over medium-high heat until browned. Remove excess fat.
  2. Add chopped onion, garlic, grated carrot, and chopped celery. Sauté until vegetables are tender.
  3. Pour in the crushed tomatoes, red wine, and tomato paste. Stir to combine.
  4. Season with oregano, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a simmer.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover, and let the sauce simmer for 1 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. Before serving, stir in the whole milk to add creaminess to the sauce.
  7. Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions until al dente. Drain.
  8. Serve the bolognese sauce over the cooked spaghetti. Garnish with fresh basil leaves and grated Parmesan cheese.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Indulge in the comfort of tender pasta enrobed in a luscious, savory bolognese sauce. This Classic Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is a journey to the heart of Italy’s culinary tradition.

Nutrition information: Calories: 450, Fat: 14g, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 26g

Picture yourself savoring each mouthful of this heavenly dish, transported to the cobblestone streets of an Italian piazza. With its rich history and irresistible flavors, Classic Spaghetti Bolognese captures the essence of Italian cuisine and invites you to create your own culinary memories.