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Mom's Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
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Mom's Spaghetti Bolognese

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"Recipe passed on from my Italian grandfather. The ultimate comfort food. Leftovers freeze nicely! To make this recipe more authentic, you can use a mixture of ground veal, pork, and beef. You can also substitute the balsamic vinegar for 1/2 cup of red wine."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr


  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a rolling boil. Cook the spaghetti in the boiling water until cooked through yet firm to the bite, about 12 minutes; drain.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook the bacon in the oil until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir the onion, celery, carrot, and oregano into the bacon; continue cooking until the vegetables begin to soften, another 8 to 10 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Crumble the ground beef into the vegetable mixture; cook and stir until the beef is completely cooked and no longer pink, 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Pour the balsamic vinegar over the ground beef mixture; allow to simmer until the liquid evaporates, about 5 minutes. Stir the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and sugar into the ground beef mixture; bring the mixture to a boil, season with salt and black pepper, and remove from heat. Stir the fresh basil into the mixture.
  4. Ladle the sauce over the cooked spaghetti. Top with Parmesan cheese to serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 21, 2011

This was excellent!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 18, 2015

So disappointed with this. It was super watery and very bland

Jan 09, 2012

A really excellent recipe. I was skeptical about the basalmic but it really worked. My only addition was a splash of red wine at the end. Delicious a definite keeper.

Jan 12, 2012

Best Bolognese I've made!! The bacon was SO good in this, and even though totally unhealthy I loved how you drain none of the bacon grease! It made this so, well, bacony ;) I used some frozen tomatoes from my garden last spring and just added a small can of tomato sauce to make it a little saucier. My daughter had seconds which is HIGHLY unusual. Great recipe....thanks!

Jan 06, 2012

This was excellent. I loved the bacon flavour. My husband loved this too. Thanks so much for sharing!

Mar 04, 2012

Not bad! I've been searching for a decent bolognese sauce for some time now. While not "knock your socks off good," this was by far the best bolognese I've ever made. I pretty much followed stefy's directions to the letter except for subbing meatloaf mix (i.e. ground beef, veal & pork) for plain 'ol beef. My grocer usually doesn't stock this, but tonight I was in luck. :) I am really glad I was able to make an authentic bolognese and think it was worth the extra cost to do so. Served with garlic & butter dinner rolls and Caesar salad, this was a very hearty meal. Thanks for sharing your grandfather's recipe, stefychefy! :-)

Nov 26, 2011

Wonderful Recipe ! I didn't have bacon, so I replaced it with diced turkey pastrami. Used turkey/pork sausage in place of hamburger and it was a fabulous dinner ! Thanks so much :)

Jan 24, 2012

This is the best bolognese EVER! I didn't even have all the ingredients (I didn't have carrots and celery, so I added bell peppers and cubanela pepper instead... not that they have much in common :P), and even so it came out delicious! The amount of bacon is just right: it tastes "bacony", but it doesn't disguise the rest of the flavors. The balsamic gives a great touch! I used leftovers to make lasagna, and it was another hit! From now on, this will be my bolognese and lasagna meat (or meat sauce) recipe.


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  • Calories
  • 451 kcal
  • 23%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 59.8 g
  • 19%
  • Cholesterol
  • 43 mg
  • 14%
  • Fat
  • 14 g
  • 21%
  • Fiber
  • 7 g
  • 28%
  • Protein
  • 23.5 g
  • 47%
  • Sodium
  • 459 mg
  • 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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