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Lizzy’s Spaghetti Bolognese

In this recipe, my wife makes one of my favorite dishes — Lizzy’s Spaghetti Bolognese, or Spaghetti and Meat Sauce.  She first made this for me when we were dating, and I’ve been enjoying it ever since.

Lizzy's Spaghetti Bolognese

As an added bonus, our 2 1/2 year-old daughter Abby really enjoys this dish, and given how picky kids are about their food, the fact that my daughter loves this meal is a real testament to my wife’s cooking, and how delicious this recipe is.  It’s definitely kid-friendly!  Click the link for the complete recipe, HD video, and for the grown-ups — a suggested wine-pairing as well.

Spaghetti Bolognese, or Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

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Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4 people


  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 1 green/yellow or red pepper chopped
  • 1 large can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • Oregano, basil, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper – to taste
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 package of spaghetti pasta (try whole wheat pasta – it works well here, and it’s healthier)
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Spaghetti Meat Sauce Cooking Instructions:

  1. In a frying pan, cook the onions, mushrooms and green pepper.  Set aside.
  2. Brown the ground beef in a dutch oven.  Drain the fat.
  3. Add the vegetables to the ground beef.
  4. Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste, garlic, sugar, Worcestershire sauce and herbs.

Mix well and continue to add seasonings, salt and pepper, to taste.  Plate over spaghetti pasta and sprinkle generously with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.  Garnish with basil leaves.

Wine Pairing:

This is a hardy Spaghetti and Meat Sauce recipe.  As a nice compliment, try serving it with a medium bodied wine, such as a 2007 Catena Malbec:

catena malbec

Catena Malbec Argentinian Red Wine

This wine is available at liquor stores, and I purchased it at Ontario’s LCBO for $20.

Wine Tasting Notes:

The purple-colored 2007 Catena Malbec spent 12 months in 35% new French and American oak. The nose reveals balsam wood, vanilla, mocha, cassis, and black cherry. Plush on the palate, this medium-bodied Malbec has layered, spicy flavors, with a touch of tobacco and leather making an appearance. Balanced and lengthy, it will evolve for 2-3 years and offer prime drinking from 2011 to 2019. Score – 91+. (Jay Miller,, Aug. 2009)

“A sleek, polished style, with alluring mocha and raspberry ganache notes leading the way, backed by dark plum, hoisin sauce and graphite flavors that push through the finish. This has serious weight, but stays focused and driven. Drink now through 2011. Score — 91. (James Molesworth,, Nov. 15, 2009)”

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One Response to “Lizzy’s Spaghetti Bolognese”

  1. Alicja says:

    I love this dish because it is fast and simple and tasty but most of all my son loves it and all the visitors do 5*:)

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