Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins

This Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce is a simple, shortcut version of the classic comfort food!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bolognese sauce recipe, easy bolognese sauce
Servings: 10 cups
Calories: 103 kcal
Author: Blair
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • 1/3 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1/3 cup finely diced celery
  • 1 lb. lean or extra-lean ground beef at least 93% lean
  • 4 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes optional for a bit of spicy kick
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 cans (28 ounces each) crushed tomatoes (I like San Marzano tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese plus extra for serving
  • Spaghetti or other pasta of choice, for serving
  1. Heat butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and beef. Crumble the beef with a wooden spoon and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until meat is no longer pink and vegetables are tender. Stir in the garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute. Add red wine to the pot and stir, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan.
  2. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 teaspoons of salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Stir to combine.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and allow the sauce to simmer (uncovered) for about 10 minutes.
  4. While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  5. As the pasta is cooking, stir the basil leaves and cream into the sauce. Simmer for about 5-10 minutes, stirring regularly. Keep it on very low heat and do not boil. Add Parmesan cheese and stir to combine. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Serve sauce with pasta, and garnish with additional Parmesan and basil, as desired.
Recipe Notes

Note: You can freeze any leftover sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

For a Light, Low-Carb Option: Serve the Bolognese Sauce over zucchini noodles!

Nutrition Facts
Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 /2 cup of sauce)
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 40
% Daily Value*
Fat 4.4g7%
Saturated Fat 2.1g13%
Cholesterol 10.5mg4%
Sodium 402mg17%
Carbohydrates 7.4g2%
Fiber 1.8g8%
Sugar 4.2g5%
Protein 7.4g15%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.