Quick and Easy Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
Named after the rich cookery style of Bologna, Italy, Bolognese refers to dishes served with a thick, full-bodied meat and vegetable sauce, often enhanced with wine and milk or cream. The Italian term for this sauce is ragu Bolognese, or simply ragu. While we love the images of a cook standing over the stove for hours, stirring the family’s secret recipe for Bolognese until it is just right, we have simplified the technique so you can create a tasty meal in under 30 minutes. Create a satisfying meat sauce by cooking Italian sausage, peppers, sweet onions and garlic, then add a quality jarred pasta sauce, such as Barilla or Classico. We know what you are thinking; Grandmother would never use a jarred sauce. But if she could taste this recipe, she may just give a nod of approval. Remember to reserve some pasta water when you boil the spaghetti noodles, because adding the starchy water to the meat sauce adds richness and creaminess. This recipe for Bolognese freezes beautifully, so think about making a pot or two and freezing in appropriate containers for a quick dinner or snack at a later date.
Pasta is one of the quickest meals you can make, but there's an easy way to get it on the table even faster: When you're filling your stockpot from the tap, use very hot water to kickstart the boiling process. (Try this to speed up blanching or boiling vegetables too.)