I love the smell of bolognese simmering away in the kitchen. It’s also one of my ultimate comfort foods, so I had to make a batch this week.

You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 diced onion
  • 1 diced carrot
  • 1 sliced stalk of celery
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 3/4 cup red wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package spaghetti
  • parmesan to garnish

IMG_3491To start, heat your oil and cook the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic for about 10 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until it browns.Next, add your wine and let it reduce. Then, add the milk and let most of it evaporate off. Stir in the tomatoes and tomato paste. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer on a low heat for at least 45 minutes, but, honestly, the longer, the better. It can probably cook for up to 3 hours easily. The flavors get more and more developed as everything cooks down.IMG_3493

As the sauce simmers, cook up a package of pasta. Serve together, topping with parmesan and fresh basil, if desired.


The sauce is so rich and lovely. If you have the time to let the sauce come together, it’s such a treat. Yum!