Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Total Time
40 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 1 cup spaghetti, about 3/4 cup sauce, and 1 tablespoon cheese)

Making your own bolognese sauce from scratch is deeply satisfying - and delicious!  Serve the sauce over hot cooked spaghetti noodles with a green salad and garlic toast for a complete meal. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Pulse bread in a food processor until coarse crumbs measure 1/2 cup. Combine crumbs and milk in a bowl.

Step 2

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and carrot; sauté 8 minutes. Add garlic and tomato paste; sauté for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add vinegar; cook for 30 seconds. Add oregano, salt, peppers, and beef; cook 7 minutes, stirring to crumble. Stir in breadcrumb mixture and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve over spaghetti; top with cheese.

Ratings & Reviews

lperejma's Review

October 20, 2013
I thought this was kind of bland and did not adhere to the pasta very well.

amerie212's Review

September 28, 2013
I thought this recipe was great the only change I made was add more onions and no carrots.

KitchenGnome's Review

September 27, 2011
My partner's favorite dish! Funny that I found it in CL's "Meals on a budget" section b/c it doesn't taste like a blue light special at all! The red wine vinegar gives it a delicious tang. Sometimes I add sausage or mushrooms; tonight I'll add some fresh tomatoes from the garden. It's a versatile, no-fail dish for me.

BrendaLRGale's Review

June 09, 2011
This was one of the best spaghetti recipes I've ever had! I used ground turkey instead of sirloin, but I otherwise made it as printed. The flavors were so delicious, and it was very filling. Can't wait for leftovers tonight! Even with the high carbs, this was only 11 pts (WW).

BeckaBean's Review

April 07, 2011
My husband, myself & my 2 1/2 yr old liked this a a lot. Nice flavor. I chopped the onions & the carrot in my food processor because I'm horrible at cutting veggies really small. I also used petite diced tomatoes and added extra basil, minced garlic & oregano since the canned ones didn't have it. It wasn't particularly saucy, but that didn't bother me like I thought it would. Would totally make it again. Yum!

SeattleSheri's Review

March 13, 2011
We really enjoyed this recipe. I made a few modifications. I exchanged the vinegar for red wine, added some chicken sausage (in addition to the ground beef) and substituted fennel for onion. I also added some fresh basil and mushrooms that I had on hand. I will definitely make this again!

guinness4029's Review

February 27, 2011
Well if you like carrots (I don't) this is ok. Although I will eat them, the taste of carrots was overpowering. Just not one I would remake.

outofcontrol's Review

February 23, 2011
We did not like this one at all. My husband loves spaghetti bolognese and spaghetti with meat sauce, so I try a lot of recipes. This one was nice and meaty, but the flavor was not good. I didn't even save the leftovers because we would not want to eat it again. It tasted kind of vinegary.

Cherilynne's Review

February 21, 2011
Delicious! When cooking, it thickens a bit faster than the recipe indicates. I only simmered it for about 1 minute after adding the tomatoes. It's even better the next day; just wait to make the pasta until you serve it.