Recipe Thursday: Weeknight Bolognese – Easy Back to School Dinner

Recipe Thursday: Weeknight Bolognese – Easy Back to School Dinner

Back to school is here and with all the after-school activities an easy dinner is just what you need!


3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 1/2 pound lean ground sirloin (you can substitute ground turkey or chicken)
2 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
3 tablespoons tomato paste

6 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/2 cups dry red wine
1 pound dried pasta (Campanelle or Fettuccini or Fusilli or Shells medium size)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/2 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving



Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add the ground sirloin (you can substitute ground turkey or chicken) and cook, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat has lost its pink color and has started to brown.

Stir in the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute.

Pour the wine into the skillet and stir.

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, and stir.

Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer 10 minutes.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, and cook according to the directions on the box. While pasta is cooking, go back to the sauce.

To the sauce now add the nutmeg, basil, cream, and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened and making sure the sauce doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot.

When the pasta is finished cooking drain according to directions and put into a large serving bowl. Add the sauce and 1/2 cup Parmesan and toss well. Serve hot.  Add Parmesan to individual servings to taste if wanted. 

Serve with tossed salad.