Eden's World Famous Bolognese
Updated: May 3, 2022
The title is a joke ok don't get mad at me. This recipe is not world famous because I've only ever shared it with 6 people. But it should be world famous because it's perfect.
I love spaghetti Bolognese. It's the ultimate comfort food for me and something I made ALOT of during lock down (we had 20# of frozen ground beef in the freezer that we used instead of going shopping lol -- thanks to Jonah's parents) and realized I could perfect spaghetti based on my preferences. So each week I grabbed some meat and whipped up another batch, and each time it got better and better. This is a meal that you should make on a night that you want to cook. It's not quick. Open a bottle of wine (or grab a sparkling water) and put on your favorite Spotify playlist and JUST ENJOY YOUR KITCHEN.
Hope you all make this and love this. It's my gift to you for my 27th birthday because good food + good people are my fav things in life. Tag me in a pic or comment below -- would love to hear what you think :)
I've made this with both beef and turkey, both are great. Also, I include tons of veg. Not necessary to include them ALL but I like a good veg to meat ratio, both for texture and taste. This is good no matter what you add/don't add.
WORLD FAMOUS BOLOGNESE
1 pound ground turkey or beef
Garlic. Measure with your heart (4-5 cloves for me)
5 large mushrooms
1/2 red pepper
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red onion
1-2 large carrots or 6-7 baby
10 baby tomatoes sautéed (add 2T tom paste instead if you don't have toms)
28 oz crushed or diced tomatoes
15 oz tom sauce
1/2 cup ish red wine (I prefer dry) (THE REST OF THE BOTTLE TO DRINK WITH DIN!)
2 T oregeno
2 T thyme
1 T basil (and fresh basil if you have it. measure with your heart)
1 t red pepper flakes (less if you don’t like spice!)
Salt and pepper!
parm (buy a rind of it!)
If you have a rind (or several) of parmesan, I highly recommend you throw it in the sauce when you add the wine and let it break down. Adds the most insane flavor. You can pull it out when you're ready to serve.
Oil pan. Add garlic and onion until fragrant and softened. Brown the meat. Add all veggies and sauté until soft (about 5 minutes) add spices. add tom sauce, Tom paste. Combine and stir well, let it boil up and then turn down heat to simmer for a few min. Add the wine (and parmesan rinds!!!). Let it simmer for at least 30 minutes on low. It's going to smell amazing. You'll know when it is done, it's nice and thick, not runny.
Make your favorite noodles (I almost always make fusilli. trust.) Serve with a bit of parm and fresh basil over the top. ENJOY.