Spaghetti Bolognese

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Keyword pasta
Servings 6
Author Wendie


  • 6 slices smoky bacon diced
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 carrots finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks finely diced
  • 6 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground Italian sausage
  • 2- 28 oz tomato sauce
  • 1- 14 ounce can diced tomatoes
  • 3 beef bouillon cubes
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1-2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar *see notes
  • 2 large Bay Leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh Basil


  1. Heat a large pot on medium high heat and add bacon, cook just until crispy. remove and set aside. Remove all but 1 tablespoon of bacon fat.

  2. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook just until tender about 5 minutes.
  3. Add in ground beef, sausage and garlic and cook until browned. Drain the fat if needed.
  4. Add in the rest of the ingredients except and bring to a boil, cover then reduce heat and simmer 2 hours

  5. Cook pasta according to the package directions.
  6. Add the spaghetti to the Bolognese sauce and toss until well coated. Serve and top with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil.

Recipe Notes

Some tomato sauce has more tang, the brown sugar cuts that down a bit. You can adjust the amount according to taste.

You can substitute the Italian sausage for ground beef if desired