Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese (8 Servings)

  • 2 lbs. Angus ground chuck
  • 1 ½ lbs. spaghetti
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¾ cup red wine
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • 2 28oz. cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp. dried Italian mixed herbs
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, to taste


  • In a large pan, heat the olive oil.
  • Add the chopped onion and cook over medium heat and cook until they are softened and lightly golden; about 5 minutes.
  • Turn the heat up to high and add the ground chuck using a wooden spoon to break the beef down as it browns.
  • Crumble the beef bouillon cubes overtop the ground chuck and stir well to coat the meat.
  • Add the minced garlic and stir until it is well combined.
  • Then add the red wine and let it cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add in the crushed tomatoes, sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, oregano, Italian mixed herbs and ½ cup of water.
  • Stir all the ingredients until well combined and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  • Put the lid on the pan and cook over low heat for 1 ½ hours; stirring occasionally.
  • Increase the heat to medium and continue cooking without the lid for another 20 minutes.

In the meantime…

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil.
  • Once the water begins to boil, add the spaghetti and cook it following the packaging instructions.
  • Reserve a cup of the cooking water and then drain the spaghetti.
  • Place the spaghetti back into the pot and add the reserved water.
  • After the 20 minutes or so, try the pan of Bolognese sauce and add extra salt and pepper as needed.
  • Take the pan out of the heat and set aside.
  • Over high heat, add about half of the Bolognese sauce to the pot of pasta.
  • Stir well until the Bolognese sauce thickens around the pasta; about 5 minutes.
  • Let the Spaghetti Bolognese cool of before plating.
  • Serve the Spaghetti Bolognese with the extra Bolognese sauce spooned on top.
  • Garnish with parmesan if desired.

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