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Mom’s spaghetti Bolognese

This bolognese sauce is a simple, delicious recipe for an everyday, hearty dinner! This is one of the best comfort foods for the whole family!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian, Mediterranean
Keyword beef, bolognese, meat sauce, pasta, recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4
Author The Hungry Bites


  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil, or vegetable oil
  • 1 pound minced beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 grated carrot
  • 1 clove garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice, or 3-4 whole kernels
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves, or 3-4 whole kernels
  • 1 cup white or rose wine
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup pureed tomatoes
  • 1 chicken bouillon
  • 5 basil leaves, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated parmesan and chopped basil or parsley for garnish


  1. In a deep pot/pan heat the oil over high heat and add the minced beef. Let it sauté, and with a spatula break any lumps that have formed. Let all the juices evaporate and sauté some more for the meat to brown/caramelize a little and the flavor to develop.
  2. Reduce heat to medium and add the onion and carrot (if using). Stir until translucent and then add the garlic, tomato paste, bay leaves, cinnamon, cloves and allspice.
  3. Stir for two minutes and add the wine, water, pureed tomatoes, basil, and the chicken bouillon. (Alcohol boils in lower temperature than water, so all of the alcohol will evaporate during cooking)
  4. When it starts to boil, reduce heat to low and simmer until almost all of the liquids have evaporated and a thick sauce has remained. Remove and discard the bay leaves, cinnamon, all spice and cloves (if you used whole cloves and all spice kernels).

    Taste and adjust salt and pepper.

  5. Serve with the pasta of your choice, some grated parmesan and parsley or basil.


Recipe Notes

You can substitute 2 cups pureed tomatoes instead for the tomato paste and the water
Serve with gluten free pasta or noodles if on a gluten free diet