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Looking for a quick and easy spaghetti bolognese recipe? This easy spaghetti bolognese is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Made with ground beef, sausage, crushed tomatoes, and a simple sauce, this bologna spaghetti is a family favorite. Plus, it only takes about 30 minutes to make!

A bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese and a fork.

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Why This Recipe is Amazing

Spaghetti Bolognese is a popular dish in my family. I have made spaghetti Bologna recipes in the past that take hours to make because they have to simmer on the stove.

I don’t always have a ton of time to spend making dinner for my family and have been trying to create a recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese that can be on the table in as little time as possible and this Easy Spaghetti Bolognese recipe is the perfect solution!

A bowl of spaghetti Bolognese and a pan of sauce.

With only 30 minutes of cook time, this recipe is fast and easy. Plus, it’s made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry. I like to double this recipe and use the extra sauce in my Lasagna recipe!

What is Bolognese?

Bolognese is a thick Italian meat sauce that is typically made with ground beef, pork, tomatoes, milk, and a variety of herbs and spices.

This Easy Spaghetti Bolognese recipe takes a shortcut by using canned crushed tomatoes and tomato sauce. This helps to speed up the cooking time without sacrificing flavor.

A bowl of Bologna spaghetti topped with cheese.

What Spices Can Be Added to Bolognese Sauce?

This recipe for Bolognese spaghetti includes many of the same spices that are used in my classic spaghetti sauce. I have simplified this recipe for quickness by using Italian Seasoning as it includes many of the same spices as well as other traditional Italian herbs.

A pan of Bolognese sauce.

What to Serve with Spaghetti Bolognese

Ingredients to make easy spaghetti Bolognese.

Ingredients

*Ingredient amounts are located in the recipe card at the end of this post.

Butter and Olive Oil Both are used in this recipe to help sauté the onions, celery, and carrots.

Ground Beef and Ground Italian Pork Sausage- Both of these meats are the anchor of this spaghetti sauce and taste amazing in the finished product. I use 80/20 ground beef and hot Italian sausage for a spicy kick.

Chopped Onion, Celery, and Carrots- All three vegetables add flavor to this Bolognese sauce. I used a food processor to speed up the process of chopping these vegetables.

Minced Garlic Minced garlic is a classic ingredient in many Italian recipes.

Italian Seasoning- Combines many herbs together including rosemary, oregano, basil, sage, and thyme all in one convenient bottle.

Salt and Pepper- Two seasonings that make just about everything taste better!

Red Pepper Flakes To add a little kick to the sauce.

Milk- I used 2% Milk in this sauce recipe.

Crushed Tomatoes- My favorite type of crushed tomatoes is Fire Roasted.

Tomato Sauce and Tomato Paste- These are added to the sauce for tomato flavor and thickness.

Beef Broth- Using beef broth enhances the flavors of the meat in the pasta sauce.

SugarJust a little bit of sugar is needed to reduce the acidity of the canned tomatoes.

Spaghetti Noodles- One box of Spaghetti noodles is the perfect amount of pasta for this Bolognese Sauce.

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A bowl of Bologna spaghetti topped with cheese.

Step-By-Step Instructions

[1] Add the butter and olive oil to a large saucepan and melt over medium-high heat.

Butter and olive oil in a large sauce pan.

[2] Place the chopped onions, celery, and carrots. Sauté for 2 minutes.

Carrots, onions, and celery with oil in a sauce pan.

[3] Add the minced garlic, ground beef, and Italian sausage to the vegetables and cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Garlic in a dish over a pan of ingredients to make Spaghetti Bolognese.

[4] Add the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes to the meat and stir to combine.

Spices added to Bolognese Sauce.

[5] Then stir in the milk and allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes.

Milk poured into a pan of Bolognese sauce ingredients.

[6] Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and beef broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.

Crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste added to spaghetti sauce.

[7] While the Bolognese sauce is simmering, prepare the spaghetti noodles according to the package directions.

A pan of Bolognese sauce.

[8] Serve! I like to mix some of the sauce with the spaghetti to keep the noodles from drying out, then serve more sauce on top.

A bowl of spaghetti Bolognese.

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Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

Easy Spaghetti Bolognese

Yield: 6-8 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Looking for a quick and easy spaghetti Bolognese recipe? This easy spaghetti Bolognese is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. Made with ground beef, Italian Sausage, crushed tomatoes, and a simple sauce, this Bologna Spaghetti is a family favorite. Plus, it only takes about 30 minutes to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Pound Ground Beef
  • 1/2 Pound Italian Sausage (Pork)
  • 1 Cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Celery, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Tablespoon Garlic, Minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 (28 oz) Can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 (8 oz) Can Tomato Sauce
  • 3 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1/2 Cup Beef Broth
  • 1 Teaspoon Sugar

Instructions

  1. Add the butter and olive oil to a large saucepan and melt over medium-high heat.
  2. Place the chopped onions, celery, and carrots. Sauté for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the minced garlic, ground beef, and Italian sausage to the vegetables and cook until the meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes to the meat and stir to combine.
  5. Then stir in the milk and allow the mixture to simmer for about 5 minutes.
  6. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and beef broth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  7. While the Bolognese sauce is simmering, prepare the spaghetti noodles according to the package directions.
  8. Serve! I like to mix some of the sauce with the spaghetti to keep the noodles from drying out, then serve more sauce on top.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 937mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 2gSugar: 6gProtein: 23g
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Chris

Saturday 23rd of April 2022

How much beef broth?

Mindy

Sunday 24th of April 2022

1/2 Cup 😊 Sorry, I fixed that in the recipe!

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