Kyle’s Spaghetti Bolognese


My husband’s heartstrings beat first for Family, and second for Spaghetti Bolognese.  If he can find it on a menu, anywhere in the world, Kyle will order Spaghetti Bolognese.  If he were in a sushi restaurant, he could find a way to order Spaghetti Bolognese.  I always find that What-Is-Your-Favorite-Food question so annoying and challenging– I’m like “Well, what day of the week is it? What season? I have so many!” Not Kyle.  His favorite food has probably been the same for the past thirty years. It’s one of the things I find endearing about him.  And let me tell ya– when I married this man, I learned how to make an excellent Spaghetti Bolognese!  This is my Wifey Award-winning recipe…._1030165


  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt and Ground Pepper
  • 1 lb Spaghetti
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced thin
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1/2 lb. Ground Pork
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 (28 oz) can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 10 fresh basil leaves, sliced cross wise in to strips
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan Cheese, plus more for serving
  • 1/4 cup Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped (for garnish, optional)



Recipe. (Serves 4-5)

In a large and deep skillet/sauce pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat.  Add the beef and pork, and brown well on both sides.  Approximately 5 minutes. Remove the meat with a slotted spoon and set aside on a plate.  Next, add the garlic, onion, carrots, and celery.  Season generously with salt and pepper.  Cook over medium heat (stirring often) until the onions are translucent.  Approximately 6 minutes.  Now, add the wine.  Scrape up all the browned bits in the pan, and turn up the heat to high.  Stir continuously.  When the wine is almost evaporated, add the can of crushed tomatoes to the pan.  Turn the heat down to low, add the meat back in to the pan, and add the sliced basil.  Give it a good stir, and cover with a lid.  Simmer for 30-40 minutes, stirring every so often.

Meanwhile, boil a large pot of water with four tablespoons of salt.  When it comes to a rolling boil, add the spaghetti and cook per package directions. Strain the water, return the pasta to the pot, and add two tablespoons of butter.  Remove the lid on the sauce, add the parmesan cheese, and stir to blend.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Pour the sauce over the pasta in the pot, and stir to blend.  Heap a generous amount on to each plate, and top with parsley and extra cheese! Enjoy.



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  1. Molly says:

    This sounds delish. I’ve been in a food rut lately since I have had no free time, but I think I may do this this weekend! I would probably throw it over spaghetti squash or zoodles for me since I can’t eat pasta :-(, but spaghetti for the fiancé! Thanks for the recipe.

    12.18.15 Reply
    • Hi Molly,
      Yay! Glad it could be of some mealtime inspiration 🙂

      I eat this over Spaghetti Squash allll the time. Such a great little trick, and it tastes just as good! Enjoy


      12.18.15 Reply
  2. Jenn says:

    I made this recipe for my husband and myself a couple of nights ago- it was to die for and he has requested it again 🙂 Thanks so much! Love your blog.

    12.23.15 Reply
    • Hi Jenn!
      Yay! I won’t embarrass myself and tell you how often WE eat that spaghetti Bolognese. Let’s just say it’s good I have a gym membership. LOL!


      12.23.15 Reply
  3. Fouzia says:

    Umm, so not only does this dish look yummy, but I love the presentation and what it’s served in :). Any chance you can share the source for the bowl it’s served in? TIA 🙂

    12.29.15 Reply
    • Hi Fouzia!
      The bowl is from CB2 from about 5 years ago. They don’t have them now, but I will keep a lookout. Thanks for reading!!


      12.29.15 Reply
  4. Briana says:

    I’m making this for my husband and myself right meow! Been in a food rut, so I’m excited to try this! I love a good bolognese! Thank you for the recipe!

    12.31.15 Reply
    • Hi Briana!
      YAY!! I hope you guys loved it!!


      01.03.16 Reply
      • Briana says:

        It was so good; and just as delicious the next day over zoodles! We’re definitely going to keep it in the rotation!

        01.03.16 Reply
  5. Tess says:

    I made this for a crowd last week and they all loved it. I just finished the last of the leftovers. Really outstanding!

    01.03.16 Reply
    • Tess!! So happy to hear this!!! I always double the recipe and save for leftovers- I actually think it’s BETTER the next day…


      01.03.16 Reply
  6. Lisa says:

    Thanks for this great recipe! It was easy to make, so tasty and lots of leftovers for the freezer so I can enjoy another night without the work!

    01.05.16 Reply
  7. Christina says:

    If you don’t mind sharing, what brand of crushed tomatoes do you use?

    01.26.16 Reply
    • Hi Christina!
      I like San Marzano the most!


      01.26.16 Reply
  8. Natasha says:

    Oh I just made this! So delicious- like a warm hug in a bowl! Perfect comfort food for cold , wet England!
    Congratulations on the new baby, thrilled for you all xx

    04.15.16 Reply
    • Yay! It makes me so happy to hear this!!! I always make a little extra and freeze for those blah days!


      04.16.16 Reply
  9. Natasha says:

    That was the idea- but I finished it all! I even ate it cold ?? Xx

    04.16.16 Reply
  10. Miranda says:

    Loved this! Thank you 🙂 Served over shirataki noodles for myself. Delicious!

    08.29.17 Reply