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Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce

A classic Bolognese sauce that simmers on the stovetop for quick weeknight dinners!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bolognese sauce recipe, easy bolognese sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 10 cups
Calories 103kcal
Author Blair


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup finely diced onion
  • cup finely diced carrots
  • cup finely diced celery
  • 1 lb. lean or extra-lean ground beef
  • 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 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes (I like San Marzano tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Salt and pepper
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  • cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
  • Optional, for serving: cooked spaghetti (or other pasta of choice)


  • 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.
  • Add tomatoes, tomato paste, 2 teaspoons of salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper. Stir to combine.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, and allow the sauce to simmer (uncovered) for about 10 minutes.
  • While the sauce simmers, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  • 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.
  • Serve sauce with pasta, and garnish with additional Parmesan and basil, as desired.


Store leftover sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Serving: 1/2 cup of sauce | Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 7.4g | Protein: 7.4g | Fat: 4.4g | Saturated Fat: 2.1g | Cholesterol: 10.5mg | Sodium: 402mg | Fiber: 1.8g | Sugar: 4.2g