I love sauces and I also have a weakness for pasta. Oh boy, am I ever in trouble! Probably one of the most popular pasta sauces worldwide is Bolognese. The combination of fresh vegetables, herbs and spices along with a meat mix, makes this dish a favorite for many of us. Just the aroma floating through the air while the sauce is simmering on the stove top, makes everyone’s mouth water.
The secret to a traditional Bolognese sauce is to cook it down for hours. In this recipe, I cheat a little. I use a very high quality tomato & basil sauce in a jar and that’s the secret to save precious time when you don’t have that luxury. With our crazy schedules, juggling work, kids, social commitments plus trying to make a quick and easy meal, no one should sacrifice flavor and this sauce delivers it all. What you need is less than an hour of your time and you’ve got yourself a sauce that tastes as if it was cooking for much longer.
The taste is phenomenal for a sauce that is quickly prepared. I prefer spaghetti pasta for this sauce but choose whichever pasta you like. Sprinkle some fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano or Grana Padano cheese on top with fresh chopped parsley and you have something that you will go “mmm” after every bite. I really hope you will give it a try soon.
- 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
- 1/2 red onion, chopped
- 1 small red pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, pressed
- 2 sprigs rosemary, chopped
- 2 leaves sage, chopped
- 1/2 lb lean ground beef
- 1/2 lb ground pork
- 1/4 cup red wine
- Garlic salt to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 1/2 tbsp. dried oregano
- 1 tbsp. Italian seasoning
- Chili flakes to taste
- 1 jar (650ml or 22 oz.), tomato sauce
- 1 box (13.25 oz.) Whole Grain Spaghetti pasta, cooked and drained
- 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, or more to taste
- 1 1/2 tbsp. fresh chopped parsley
FOOTNOTE: The sauce I'm using in this recipe is Barilla® Tomato & Basil Sauce