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Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is a classic Italian meat sauce that is a staple in most families. My super simple Spaghetti Bolognese is the perfect dinner for any night of the week and will wow your family or guests.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian recipes, spaghetti bolognese
Servings: 6
Calories: 618kcal


  • 1 pound spaghetti uncooked
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef extra lean
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon oregano dried
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 28 ounce crushed tomatoes (1 can)
  • 2 tablespoon basil chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt or to taste
  • ½ teaspoon pepper or to taste
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 tablespoon basil chopped, for garnish


  • Cook the spaghetti according to package instructions. Keep the pasta water, in case needed for sauce.
  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook for 3 minutes, breaking it as you go, until no longer pink.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook for another 3 minutes until the onion softens.
  • Add the oregano, red pepper flakes, tomato paste and stir. Stir in the red wine and cook for about 5 minutes until most of the liquid has cooked off.
  • Add the crushed tomatoes, basil and season with salt and pepper. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a medium-low. Cover the pot and cook for about 20 minutes.
  • Stir in the heavy cream and adjust for seasoning if needed. If your sauce is too thick add some of the pasta water to thin it out.
  • Add the spaghetti to the pot and toss well with the sauce. Top with Parmesan cheese and basil. Serve immediately.



  1. What kind of red wine to use: The flavors in a wine will become more concentrated as they cook. Choose a medium-bodied, dry red wine such as a Pinot Noir, Merlot or Chianti.
  2. What to substitute red wine with: If you don't want to use red wine substitute it with beef broth.
  3. Why use heavy cream: I added a bit of heavy cream just to make the sauce a bit creamier, but it can totally be skipped or replaced with pasta water.
  4. Nutrition: Nutritional information includes spaghetti. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Calories: 618kcal | Carbohydrates: 72g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 606mg | Potassium: 973mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 710IU | Vitamin C: 16.2mg | Calcium: 203mg | Iron: 5.2mg