This fast-track recipe for Quick & Easy Spaghetti Bolognese meat sauce is bursting with flavor and cooks in just 30 minutes!
Believe it or not, Spaghetti Bolognese is one of the most popular dishes in England. It’s as common here as Spaghetti and meatballs is in America.
Everyone I know has their own version and almost everyone I know here loves it.
I grew up in an Italian American household, but my mother didn’t really make Spaghetti Bolognese. We grew up on Spaghetti and meatballs or Spaghetti and Sausage Ragu Sauce.
Most weekends we would get up early on Sunday mornings and help my mom with pealing and chopping garlic, mixing the meatballs with our bare hands & then rollings them to fry before adding them to the sauce.
I’ll be honest, as a kid this wan’t my favorite thing to do on a Sunday morning, but if I didn’t have to do it, who knows if I would have learned to cook at all.
Back then, the sauce would cook all day and in our house, that was meat sauce. I can’t say I ever knew anything different until I moved here and ordered it for the first time in a restaurant.
Who knew meat sauce didn’t have to take all day?
After trying it, I knew I had to make my own version. This is one of my go to quick and easy meals. It’s a real crowd-pleaser and loved by adults and kids alike!
If you’re a fan of quick and easy pasta dishes, check out some of my other recipes for a speedy and delicious meal…
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 large onion chopped fine
- 1 lb ground beef
- 1 28oz can crushed or pureed tomatoes
- 3 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 good sized handful fresh parsley chopped
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 lb spaghetti
- grated Pecorino Romano or Parmesan cheese for serving optional
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large pan over medium heat.
- Add the ground beef and fry until fully cooked and no pink shows at all in the meat (about 8 minutes). Drain and set aside.
- heat the remaining oil in the pan. Add the onions, and saute until lightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the garlic and fry another minute.
- Add the tomatoes, oregano, parsley and return the meat to the pan. Bring to a boil.
- Season with the salt and pepper. Reduce the heat to low, and cook for 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile cook the spaghetti according to the package instructions. Drain and serve topped with the sauce and cheese (if using).