On a rainy day, like today, I feel the need for some comfort food. Real honest to goodness Bolognese is supposed to be simmering on the stove for hours upon hours (and by all means, feel free to do it this way), but if you need dinner on the table pronto – this version is great! This one happens to be really healthy too – made with organic ground beef (yes – it is more expensive, but I only paid about $6.00 for 1 pound – so that is very affordable considering how many servings this makes).
Easy Spaghetti Bolognese – in 30 Minutes
What you need:
- 1 package Spaghetti (duh..)
- About 1 lb or 1 package of Ground Beef (organic pretty please)
- 1 yellow Onion
- 2 medium Carrots, or a couple of handfuls shredded Carrots
- 1-2 15 oz cans of Diced Tomatoes (depending how “tomatoey” you want it)
- 2- 4 cloves of Garlic
- Salt & Pepper
- Oregano (or other herb that you prefer)
- 1/4 – 1/2 cups of Milk
- 2ish tbsp. of Sugar (I like it this way, because it cuts the acidity of the tomatoes, but feel free to omit)
What to do:
- Cook Sphagetti according to directions
- Add some Olive Oil to a medium/large pan – over medium heat.
- Finely chop Onion – add to pan. Cook for a couple of minutes until softened
- Add Ground Beef to the pan and season with Salt & Pepper – stirring until beef is cooked through
- Chop Carrots and add to pan (this adds some sweetness and of course vitamins)
- Peel and finely chop Garlic – add to pan. Stir for a minute
- Add Tomatoes, Oregano & Sugar (if using) – give a good stir to combine everything. Simmer for a few minutes.
- Add Milk – stir. Let simmer for a few minutes. Give it a taste – then season with more salt, pepper, oregano if needed.
- Let the Bolognese Sauce simmer until you are ready to eat (the longer the better, but it is perfectly tasty to eat at this point). If the Bolognese is too thick – add some water.
- Toss the cooked Spaghetti with the Bolognese – and you have your dinner ready : )
( If you are a small household – it would be a good idea to freeze half of the Bolognese – since this makes a fair amount. )
Dinner is served!
Please serve with some shredded Parmesan or any other shredded cheese – to add some melty deliciousness : )
Normally I also toss in chopped frozen spinach, or chopped zucchini, or mushrooms to up the vegetable and nutrition factor. But here is the basic recipe – so that you can add and subtract according to your liking.
If you are looking for a Gluten free meal – the Bolognese would be equally delicious with Brown Rice or Quinoa.
Thanks and Bon Appetite!