When we have busy weeks, sometimes dinner can feel like a chore when we’re trying to please the whole family from toddler to adult. When the weeks get crazy who doesn’t love a good ONE POT pasta dish that you can freeze half of for another night’s dinner. Here is the perfect Bolognese sauce to satisfy everyone! And I don’t know what phase your little ones might be going through at the moment , but my 3 year old is on this “mommy I want Spaghetti tonight” streak and this dish is the perfect way to get the protein into a pasta.
Here is the easy recipe for large pot of Bolognese meat sauce:
- 2-3 carrots, finely chopped
- 3-4 celery stalks, finely chopped
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- red wine, about 1 1/2 cup (I’ve also used white wine or leftover champagne lol)
- salt and pepper to taste
- dash chili pepper flakes, optional. This is just for flavour. When you add a dash to this much meat sauce, it doesn’t get spicy, it just adds flavour.
- 3 bay leaves
- Lean Ground Beef, about 1 pound
- 2 cans crushed tomatoes
- tomato paste, about 2 teaspoons
- olive oil for cooking everything
Saute your “sofritto“ (finely diced carrots, celery, onion) in olive oil until softened and lightly browned. Add your ground meat and cook it out! You will have to continue stirring it from time to time, and the bottom of the pot will start to brown. Add olive oil along the way if you think it is too dry. When meat is almost completely cooked, add red wine and stir it in. Season with salt and pepper(and chili flakes if using) and add tomato paste; Stir to mix everything together. Now add your crushed tomato and judge if consistency is good. You want a bolognese sauce to be thick, but still have a smooth saucy texture when you scoop it up with a ladle. Add bay leaves. Cover and cook on medium for 45 min- 1 hour, or on low for 2-3 hours. You can somewhat “slowcook a bolognese sauce if you’re home on a lazy Sunday, or turn up the heat for a quicker cook time during the week. Check it every 15 minutes for so for a little stir. Boil up some rigatoni or spaghetti to enjoy this amazing sauce. Check your flavour and don’t forget to remove your bay leaves before serving. Buon apetito!
With Amore always, Francesca xoxo