super easy spaghetti bolognese

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Growing up, in my household, whenever birthdays were celebrated, it was MANDATORY to serve noodles as they symbolized long life. My choice of noodle was pasta. And up until I could cook for myself, I (and only I) asked for spaghetti for each and every one of my birthdays. 
There's something magical about well-made pasta noodles and a good hearty sauce. When I was a kid, I was fine with thin, plain tomato sauce with bits of sliced up hotdogs mixed in it because I didn't know any better. Now, I'm a lot pickier and prefer a thicker, more flavorful sauce with a hint of spice. The secret to a flavor-filled sauce is time. There really is no other way around it. The longer you let the sauce cook, the more developed the flavors get. 
I played around with this recipe, which is already extremely easy by itself, but I made some modifications based on my tastes. I hope you try it! 
Spaghetti Bolognese: (serves 4)
Ingredients: 
4.5 cups chopped tomatoes
1 lb ground beef. 
2 medium onions, sliced
5 Tablespoons tomato paste
3. Tablespoons honey
3 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 c olive oil
1/2 c red wine. I used a malbec. 
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 box of spaghetti noodles (I like using wheat pasta)
2 Tablespoons butter
parmesan cheese, grated
Directions:
1. Over medium heat, heat the olive oil in a large pot. Add in onions and saute until translucent. Add the beef and cook until browned. 
2. Add in the garlic, spices, honey, tomato paste, fresh tomatoes, wine and Worcestershire sauce. Mix until well combined, and let simmer on medium/ medium-low for 2 hours, stirring every 30 minutes or so. 
3. In the last 30 minutes of cooking, cook your spaghetti noodles as indicated in the box. Drain, rinse in cold water, and toss in butter.  
4. Spoon sauce over each serving of pasta and top with a generous helping of freshly grated parmesan cheese. 

8 comments:

  1. YUM! Looks and sounds amazing! My mouth is watering! Thanks for the recipe!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  2. I love spaghetti! I grew up in a very old school french canadian catholic home where meat was not eaten on wednesday and fridays all year long so noodle dishes were abundant.

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  3. Yummy! We're supposed to have noodles or seaweed soup (both? Not together. I don't know) on birthdays, too, but I don't really follow that any more...and even when I was a kid, we just had whatever the birthday person requested :D I do love me some bolognese, though!!!

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  4. This looks super delicious! My sisters would love this!

    Jessica @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

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  5. I've always wanted to try homemade spaghetti...thanks for the recipe.

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  6. I am not joking when I say this is the national dish of Scotland... if not the UK. Everyone loves a good spaghetti bol here ;) Yours looks deeelicious!

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  7. Mmm, this sauce recipe sounds delish! Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure I just saw a chili recipe somewhere that called for red wine, honey, and Worcestershire sauce as well. I must try one or the other... or both! :D

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