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A rich and meaty tomato sauce that takes less than 30 minutes to make. This simple Pasta Bolognese (or meat sauce) is full of flavor and tastes like it’s been simmering all day long!
So I know the first thing you think when you look at this is, “that’s not spaghetti!” I know, but hear me out. My kids don’t know that difference between pastas. If it’s long and skinny, it’s spaghetti, whether it’s actually linguine or angel hair. So, we’ll just let that slide.
Moving on…this is my go to sauce when I want something from scratch but I didn’t decide that until 5:00. It comes together in about 25 minutes or so and the flavor is so rich and amazing. This is actually a play off of my sister’s recipe that she is known for. She used two kinds of meat and would let it simmer on her stove all day long. I remember walking in to the house and it would always smell so good. This sauce is my quick version of that, and I love it just as much.
I also use both ground beef and Italian sausage, which makes this an extra flavorful and meaty sauce. In other words there’s more meat than sauce, which I love, but you can cut the amount of meat in half if you want it saucier.
After you’ve cooked the meat, drain it and add a can of crushed tomatoes, dry red wine, tomato paste, and a whole bunch of yummy seasonings. Then bring it all to a beautiful simmer. Don’t have red wine on hand? I’ll let you in on a little secret, I never do either! Instead I add ¼ cup of red wine vinegar and about 1/2 cup apple juice and ½ cup water. It gives a hint of red wine flavor, and a little bit of sweetness to cut through the acidity of the tomatoes. I know it sounds totally weird, but we love it this way, and I’ve yet to have any complaints!
While the sauce is bubbling away, cook the pasta to al dente. Add a little cream and a whole bunch of fresh basil to the sauce just before tossing in the pasta.
Once the pasta is cooked, don’t drain it, but add it right into the sauce and stir it around to coat. This method helps the sauce cling to the noodles better. Don’t ever rinse your pasta!
Now you have no excuse not to make a rich and flavorful meat sauce – from scratch – any night of the week!
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