I just recently realized that in all the years I’ve been blogging, I have never posted a classic spaghetti sauce recipe. How could that be? It’s one of my standards that makes an appearance on our table at least once every couple of weeks. Well, I’m here to correct that omission today with my Bolognese Sauce recipe.
I once worked with a woman who every Wednesday prepared her family their “weekly dose” of spaghetti. It was her standard recipe and this one is mine. It’s a rich, long simmering tomato sauce that is delicious with any kind of pasta.
You can combine this with long, thin ribbon pasta like spaghetti or linguini, or you can serve it with short tube pastas like ziti or penne. It has that traditional rich tomato taste that is loved by all ages. I could definitely use it in my Ziti Bake or Baked Spaghetti recipes.
All you need for a complete dinner is this Bolognese Sauce with spaghetti, a good tossed salad, and some freshly baked garlic bread. Enjoy!
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In a large, deep pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the celery and onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent and the celery is tender.
Add the ground beef and cook until no pink color remains.
Add the white wine, passata or canned tomatoes, basil, tomato paste, red pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a gentle low simmer. Partially cover and cook for one hour.
Stir in the half and half and continue cooking, partially covered, for an additional two hours. Stir occasionally and add a small amount of water if the sauce seems to be too thick.
When ready to serve, cook the pasta in salted water according to the package directions. Add the drained pasta to the sauce and stir until thoroughly mixed and coated. Serve with shaved Parmesan cheese.
More spaghetti sauce recipes you might enjoy:
- Spaghetti Sauce from Add a Pinch
- Spaghetti Sauce from A Communal Table
- Great Grandma’s Pasta Sauce from Table for Two
- Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce with OMG Garlic Bread from Iowa Girl Eats
- Meaty but Meatless Spaghetti Sauce from Pure Ella