hump day treat: bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese ingredients

Spaghetti Bolognese ingredients

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

Bolognese sauce =  delicious, comforting yummyness. The taste is complex and impressive enough to serve to guests, but it also hearkens to the spaghetti sauce of your childhood. I really hope you enjoy this hump day treat!


  • 1 pound chuck or lean ground beef (lean ground beef is the lighter option)
  • ½ pound bulk Italian sausage
  • ½ cup onion, chopped
  • ½ cup celery, chopped
  • ½ cup carrot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
  • 1 can whole tomatoes (28 ounces)
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • ½ cup mascarpone
  • 1 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste


Brown the ground meat and sausage in oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat

Drain the fat and return to pan

Mince the onion, celery, carrot and garlic in a food processor.

Add to browned meat and cook until vegetables soften, about 5 minutes

Stir in the tomatoes, wine, milk, tomato paste, vinegar and seasonings; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

If you are serving the Bolognese over pasta, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta (pasta of your preference) according to package directions while sauce simmers.

If you are serving the Bolognese over spaghetti squash (like I did), click here for directions on how to cook spaghetti squash.

Finish the sauce with mascarpone, parsley, salt and pepper.

Serve over cooked pasta or spaghetti squash.

Quote of the day:

“We are what we repeatedly do.” – Aristotle