Hearty Beef Bolognese

Hearty Beef Bolognese
Recipe by Dragon

Homemade pasta deserves an amazing sauce and this Beef Bolognese is a perfect choice. For this version, I used all beef but you can make it with any combination of beef, pork or veal. It's a great make ahead sauce and one that actually tastes better the next day. Everyone loved the sauce. The kids kept sneaking little tastes when they thought we weren't looking. Enjoy!

Serves: 4-8

Ingredients:
1 pound lean ground beef
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup onions, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
1 tablespoon garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup dry red wine
1 28oz can diced tomatoes, crush the tomatoes, keep liquid
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional)
1 teaspoon dried rosemary
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/4 teaspoon dried hot pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Worcester sauce
1 1/2 cups beef stock
Salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped for a garnish (optional)

Directions:

1. Sauté beef in olive oil over medium until evenly browned. Season with some salt and pepper. Remove the beef from the pan and set aside, keep warm. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of oil from the pan.

2. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic. Cook until the onions are softened. Deglaze with the red wine. Cook until almost all liquid is absorbed.

3. Add tomatoes, paste, sugar, dried herbs, cinnamon, pepper flakes, Worcester sauce and beef stock. Stir to combine and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 3 minutes.

4. Add the reserved beef and stir. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for about 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hours. Check the seasoning and stir occasionally so the sauce won't burn. Let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. If using, stir in the parsley at the last minute as a garnish.

33 comments:

Barbara Bakes said...

The sauce looks divine on your homemade noodles! It must be really good if the kids were sneaking tastes!

friedwontons4u said...

Sauces that taste better the next day are always a plus during the busy weekdays.

How big of a difference does the addition of cinnamon add to the sauce?

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That looks so good!

Cheers,

Rosa

Donna-FFW said...

This sauce sounds delicious. I love that it can be made ahead of time. Ive never tried cinnamon in it before, must add wonderful flavor.

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Your sauce sounds fabulous. My husband always puts a little pinch of cinnamon in his just like you did. I'm always amazed how much difference that one little pinch makes in the sauce.

I haven't made homemade pasta in years. In fact, my hand crank machine went by the way of a garage sale, but I've been tempted to get another one.
Sam

Happy cook said...

This is one of oy favourite ssauce with pasta andindeed this one looks really hearty.

Bunny said...

I love a sauce like this, when we were younger and mom made sauce for spaghetti my sisters would eat the noodles with butter on them and I would sit and eat a bowl of sauce with bread. I still do it cause I love sauce!

finsmom said...

My husband would love this! Looks delicious!

Carrie said...

ooooohh bolognese has been on my to-try list for ages. I can't believe that I've never had it. It does look so nice and hearty!

Debbie said...

There is nothing like homemade sauce. Looks delicious!

Patsyk said...

I agree, my husband would be all over this sauce! I love a really good homemade sauce like this.

veggievixen said...

way to master every italian recipe out there! a great, hearty dish indeed.

SKM said...

My husband is going to LOVE this! I can't wait to try it!

Natashya said...

This is definitely a man-pleaser! Hubby would love this!

5 Star Foodie said...

Delicious! My whole family would love this dish, great flavors!

Fearless Kitchen said...

This looks delicious! Your kids remind me of when I was a kid - we used to do the same thing to my grandmother.

Adam said...

I was totally looking for something different to do with my ground beef this week, and this does the trick. It's like super fancy, and I can impress a girl with :)

Peter M said...

How nice...you added some cinnamon - this a very Greek touch you've added. It's a sign! ;)

RecipeGirl said...

Wonderful sauce! Yes, homemade pasta deserves this for sure. I love all of the added flavors.

Jo said...

Home made sauces always, always taste better. This is great!

Elra said...

Always a favorite of my family. Fabulous and delicious recipe Dragon!

The Duo Dishes said...

We love adding spices like cinnamon to meat dishes. There's always a hint of 'je ne sais quoi'.

burpandslurp said...

With cinnamon, too! Interesting! I could eat cardboard if it was smothered in this delicious sauce!

Vera said...

Delicious pasta!
Your sous chefs are very handsome :)

Kerstin said...

I love all the layers of flavor and spices in it! I would be sneaking bites too :)

Maria said...

Homemade pasta and sauce, fabulous! It's so cheap to make it too!

Denise said...

This looks wonderful and full of flavor.

Bridgett said...

Definitely a favorite in my house. This looks like it is full of rich flavor. Love it!

pigpigscorner said...

I love making bolognese but yours sound so much better with all the herbs and seasonings!

chou said...

This definitely sounds like a great dinner.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

I'm coming for dinner P...looks GOOD! I love it that you made the pasta at home too. Wish I could make home made pasta a habit...so worth it!! Love all the herbs & flavours you put into the sauce...very YUM!!

Resh said...

I love Bolognese sauce! thanks for posting this- even though the ingredient list is longer than I would like it to be- i would do anything for a good bolognese recipe. YUMMMMM

Sarah Alaoui said...

this looks wonderful!

 
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