Pasta Night Recipe: Easy Bolognese Sauce

Sunday is Pasta Night at our house. Here is a great Pasta Night Recipe: Bolognese Sauce Recipe: Bolognese Sauce. I know it may be hard to believe but I have only made a meat pasta sauce a few times in my adult life and it was with turkey meat. A friend of mine had said she was served this recipe at a friends house and really liked it. Of course, with my obsession with everything Ina, I was excited to try this. Easy Bolognese Sauce is perfect for any weeknight meal and you could even cook the Bolognese Sauce in the morning or night before and just heat up for dinner as you boil the water for the pasta.
easy bolognese sauce Recipe

There are no fancy ingredients to this pasta dish and I have made it with both Ground Beef and Turkey. Turkey definitely gives it a different flavor but my family is used to me substituting the two. 
easy bolognese sauce Recipe
I used a penne pasta as out base but any short noodle would suffice. Another trick I have learned from my years of watching cooking shows is to add the pasta to the pan you are making the sauce.
 Not only do you have one less dish to clean as I serve it in the pan, but also the pasta will cook a little more and absorb the warm sauce or gravy!
easy bolognese sauce Recipe
The kids liked it but I think they have gotten so used to my all tomato versions that they were a little surprised by the meat. The result was a rich and thick Bolognese Sauce that warmed our bellies. Serve this right in the pan you cooked it into for easy clean up.
easy bolognese sauce Recipe
I told you there is no secret to this sauce and you don’t have to have your gravy on the stove all day!
easy bolognese sauce Recipe
Add a little red wine and a green salad and you have hit all the necessary food groups. Tomatoes and grapes are a fruits!
 easy bolognese sauce Recipe
Find this Easy Bolognese sauce and other great recipes in the book: Barefoot Contessa, How Easy is That?

Easy Bolognese Sauce Recipe 

  • easy bolognese sauce Recipe

    Easy Bolognese Sauce

    Yield: 5 people
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 40 minutes

    Easy Bolognese Sauce is the perfect weeknight pasta night meal.  It is also serves guests well 


    • 2 TB good olive oil, plus extra to cook pasta
    • 1 pound lean ground sirloin
    • 4 tsp minced garlic, 4 cloves
    • 1 TB dried oregano
    • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    • 1 ¼ cups dry red wine, divided
    • 1 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
    • 2 TB tomato paste
    • Kosher salt & black pepper
    • ¾ pound dried pasta, such as orecchiette or small shells (
    • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
    • ¼ cup chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
    • ¼ cup heavy cream
    • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


    1. Heat 2 TB of olive oil in a large (12 inch) skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef or Turkey and cook, crumbling the meat until the meat is no longer pink and has started to brown. Add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute.
    2. Pour 1 cup of the wine into the skillet and stir to scrape up any browned bits. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 TB salt, and 1 ½ tsp pepper, stirring until combined. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
    3. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the directions on the box. Finish the sauce while the pasta cooks. Add the nutmeg, basil, cream, and the remaining ¼ cup wine to the sauce and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add it to the pan with the sauce.
    4. Add the sauce and ½ cup Parmesan and toss well. Serve hot with Parmesan on the side.
    Nutrition Information
    Yield 6 Serving Size 1
    Amount Per Serving Calories 531Total Fat 21gSaturated Fat 8gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 10gCholesterol 86mgSodium 573mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 5gSugar 8gProtein 32g

    All information and tools presented and written within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on should only be used as a general guideline.

easy bolognese sauce Recipe

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easy bolognese sauce Recipe

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  1. Great dish for our pasta night. I love the type of pasta pictured. What is it?

  2. Bolognese sauce is favorite in our house. So hearty!

  3. Mmm, If I could I taste it through this computer!!!

  4. Such a simple easy and delicious recipe. I love adding red wine to my sauce too! Adds so much more flavor and colors. Looks delicious

  5. I love Bolognese. That’s my most favorite pasta sauce ever, hands down. Thanks for the easy recipe!