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Pasta Bolognese

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2 hours
Prep: 30 mins | Cook: 1 hour 30 mins | Servings: 4 servings


Experience the rich and comforting flavors of Italy with our Pasta Bolognese recipe. This classic dish features a hearty meat sauce simmered to perfection, combining ground beef, aromatic herbs, and a medley of vegetables. Slow-cooked to develop deep flavors, our Bolognese sauce coats al dente pasta, creating a satisfying and delicious meal that will transport you to the cobblestone streets of Italy. Whether served for a family dinner or a gathering with friends, our Pasta Bolognese is a timeless favorite that will warm your heart and delight your taste buds.


  • 1 pound (450g) ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 can (14 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup red wine (optional)
  • 1/2 cup beef or vegetable broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 12 ounces (340g) pasta of your choice
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, for serving
  • Fresh basil leaves, for garnish


  1. In a large skillet or Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned and cooked through. Remove the beef from the skillet and set it aside.
  2. In the same skillet, add the chopped onion, carrots, celery, and minced garlic. Sauté until the vegetables have softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. Return the cooked ground beef to the skillet. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, red wine (if using), beef or vegetable broth, tomato paste, dried oregano, dried basil, and bay leaf. Season with salt and black pepper to taste.
  4. Reduce the heat to low and let the sauce simmer uncovered for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. The longer it simmers, the richer the flavors will become.
  5. In the meantime, cook the pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain the pasta and set it aside.
  6. Remove the bay leaf from the Bolognese sauce. Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  7. To serve, ladle the Bolognese sauce over the cooked pasta. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.

Enjoy the comforting and flavorsome experience of our Pasta Bolognese. The slow-cooked Bolognese sauce, infused with the richness of ground beef, aromatic herbs, and tender vegetables, embraces the al dente pasta with its soul-warming embrace. This classic Italian dish is a testament to the culinary heritage of Italy, bringing a taste of tradition and comfort to your dining table. Whether shared with loved ones or savored as a solo treat, our Pasta Bolognese invites you to savor each bite and celebrate the art of Italian cooking.


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