Weeknight Bolognese

You’re probably wondering if you’re in the right place.

I know, lately I’ve sort of turned into a sweet baking blog…and while I love making baked goods, my true preference in the kitchen is cooking.

I like that I don’t have to be precise in my measurements when cooking; that I can sort of just throw things in at random, and (usually) have them turn out.  But I’ll be honest: by the time dinner rolls around during our frantic work week, the last thing I want to do is slow down long enough to take photographs (in other words, I’m hungry).

Also, I’ve determined taking decent food pictures when it’s pitch dark outside (darn you, Daylight Savings) is nearly impossible.

This meal, though, is worthy of sharing.  Not only that, but I had it from kitchen to table in under 45 minutes–perfect for a weeknight.

And soooo much better than take-out or something from the freezer section.

Serve it with a side salad and some garlic bread sticks, and you have a fancy, no-fuss meal any night of the week.

Weeknight Bolognese
 
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (about 4 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (this gives your dish some extra flavor, but not a lot of heat--up it if you want it hotter)
  • 1¼ cups dry red wine, divided
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 16 ounce small pasta shells
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • ¼ cup half-and-half (I used fat-free)
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
Method
  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan and add ground beef. Cook until the beef has started to brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook one more minute. Pour 1 cup of red wine into the skillet and use it to scrape up any brown bits. Add tomatoes, paste, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1½ teaspoons pepper, stirring to combine. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. While the meat is simmering, cook pasta according to manufacturer's directions.
  3. While the pasta cooks, finish the sauce. Add the nutmeg, basil, half-and-half, and remaining ¼ cup wine to the sauce and simmer for 10 minutes, or until thickened. When the pasta is cooked, drain and add shells to the sauce. Toss with ½ cup Parmesan cheese.

What do you think? Would you like to see more dinner recipes here?

Have a great Tuesday, everyone!

 

22 Comments

    • Ashley

      We’re hard pressed to turn a pasta dish down in our house, too. 🙂

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  1. Sarah C.

    I just discovered your blog and love it. Your meals sound wonderful and your photog is great! I have a P & S too so you give me hope! 🙂
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  2. Shirley

    That looks like a winner – who doesn’t love pasta! I’d really love more main dish ideas (but don’t stop posting the wonderful baking items). You have an amazing blog.

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    • Ashley

      Thanks, Shirley. xoxo

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    • Ashley

      It’s one of our staple meals this time of year. Super easy, too (and something my picky kid will eat, bonus).

      Reply
    • Ashley

      Yay! Thanks for the invite, Mandy. I love your blog!

      Reply
    • Ashley

      This is a dish both of our guys could get behind. 🙂 Miss having you here!

      Reply
    • Ashley

      Steve would love this!

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  3. Hayley

    Can I come to dinner at your house? Holy cow, this dinner looks fantastic. I love spaghetti–it’s such an easy meal and feels so home-y and comforting when you’re chowing down on it. And a no-brainer bolognese sounds right up my alley after a long day. Plus, I can get behind that cup and a quarter of wine in the recipe–hallelujah.
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    • Ashley

      Hayley, you’re welcome at my house for dinner anytime! This recipe really is a no-brainer, and yeah–it’s pretty awesome with the wine thrown in. 🙂

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  4. Sarah E.

    That looks fantastic – and your pictures are gorgeous! DLS kills me, especially when my house has horrible lighting. Durn military housing :/

    Stopping by from TTT – pinned to share.
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    • Ashley

      This winter light is the worst, isn’t it?? Thanks so much for the nice compliment, and for stopping by!

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    • Ashley

      Those are my thoughts too, Jenna! I like quick and easy dishes, especially on the weeknights.

      Reply
    • Ashley

      Eeek! I hope you like it!

      Reply
  5. Emily Grace

    This looks amazing! My question is: Can I omit the dry red wine? and can the 1/2 & 1/2 be substituted for milk?

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    • Ashley

      Hi Emily! If you omit the red wine, I would suggest replacing it with beef stock/broth. And yes, you may use milk rather than half and half; your sauce just won’t be quite as creamy.

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