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Spaghetti Bolognese

This Spaghetti Bolognese is a hearty dinner that's always a hit with kids and adults alike! Only 15 minutes of prep for this thick and flavorful meat sauce recipe!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Dinner, Pasta
Cuisine: American, Italian
Keyword: easy, italian sausage, meat sauce
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 880kcal
Author: Jennifer Debth




  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1/2 yellow onion diced
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 6 cloves garlic minced or pressed
  • 4 teaspoons dried basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt plus more to taste (I did about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1/2 cup red wine can replace with grape juice
  • 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 (28 oz) can peeled and crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 pound spaghetti cooked al denté according to package directions


  • Cook bacon in a large stockpot over medium heat. Remove once crispy, then crumble and set aside.
  • Add in beef, sausage, onion, carrot, celery, garlic, basil, Italian seasoning, nutmeg, salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  • Cook, breaking up the meat as you go, until the meat has cooked through and the carrots are cooked to your liking, about 10 minutes.
  • Drain grease.
  • Return stockpot to the stove, and deglaze with the red wine.
Stir in tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, and crumbled bacon.
  • Bring to a simmer, stirring regularly.
  • Once simmering, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Stir in balsamic vinegar. 
Taste and re-season if necessary.
  • Toss with pasta, serve, and enjoy!
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*Storing information is for the bolognese sauce. Store the sauce separately from the pasta. 


Serving: 1person | Calories: 880kcal | Carbohydrates: 79g | Protein: 43g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 1828mg | Potassium: 1595mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 2761IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 8mg