Spaghetti alla Bolognese

Jun 21 2010

Spaghetti alla Bolognese could be quite simply Italy’s best know pasta dish. What is interesting about this is that this dish does not exist in Italy, since it is an American creation. In Bologna, you will find that they serve Ragu alla Bolognese, which resembles the meat sauce, but they will never serve over spaghetti. They will only serve it tagliatelle, which is a thicker pasta that is simillar to fetuccine.

Spaghetti alla Bolognese

Spaghetti alla Bolognese

As with the Americanization of many other favorite foods, this is a recipe that I have enjoyed since I was young. For me it doesn’t matter if they do not serve it in Italy, and even if the original idea has been changed around it still makes for a wonderful dish. I usually do not like to take shortcuts in my recipes, but for this one I will make an exception. I will use ready made spaghetti sauce. Since we are already breaking with the Bolognese tradition, lets Americanize this with full force. It also saves like 3 to 4 hours in making a real ragu. So in keeping with a new tradition, please enjoy my recipe for Spaghetti alla Bolognese.

For Spaghetti alla Bolognese

8 Ounces of Spaghetti pasta
1/2 Pound of Ground Beef
1 Cup of Spaghetti Sauce (Ragu brand is the one I use)
1/2 Cup Diced Onion
1/2 Teaspoon Oregano
1/2 Teaspoon Marjoram
1/4 Teaspoon of Black Pepper
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
Parmesan Cheese

In a large stock pot, add 8 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add the pasta an cook for 10 minutes. Drain the pasta n a colander. While the pasta was cooking, add the olive oil to a 12 inch frying pan and set to medium heat. Dice the onion in a 1/4 inch dice. When the oil is hot, add the onion and cook for 1 minute. Add the ground beef and cook until the meat is brown, and the onions are semi transparent. Add the oregano, marjoram, salt, and black pepper and let it cook for 30 seconds and longer and you will burn the spices. Add the spaghetti sauces and about 1/4 cup of water. Cook until the sauce reduces a little. Serve the pasta in the plates, and top with the cooked spaghetti sauce. Garnish with as much grated parmesan as you like. Optional – Some people like to salt the water in which the pasta cooks, since it gives a better flavor and reduces the time water requires to boil. If you want to salt the water add 2 Tablespoons of salt to the stock pot water before adding the pasta to cook.

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6 responses so far

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Hector Cruz, Nadim Slim. Nadim Slim said: Una receta sorprendentemente americana…. spaghetti alla bolognese.. […]

  2. Como que Ragu asi no se dejan recetas. Tu tio Rafa que tanto me recomendo chilaquiles y no se que y me meto y me sales con Ragu….jajaja te voy a mandar mis recetas pa’ que veas que soy buena gente LOL.

    Saludos de San Diego mios y del” tio” quemado…:)

  3. I agree that usually I don’t like to use shortcuts like Ragu. As I said in the explanation of the recipe, this saves you like 4 o 5 hours of cooking a real Ragu. Since this is more an American recipe than an Italian one, I used the fast food method appropriate for an Americanized dish. 🙂

  4. … the way on the Chilaquiles recipe the salsa is made from scratch, since you can’t find a decent salsa that doesn’t taste like watered down ketchup.

  5. Hola Nadim!,

    Oye no sabía que eres fan de la cocina, a mi también me encanta, buenas recetas y sencillas eh!!, dime que las fotos son tus platillos!!!… o meramente las bajaste de la interent.
    Me dio gusto verte x este medio, todavía recuerdo que fuiste la primer persona que me incursionó al mundo del internet… buenos recuerdos!… un abrazo. mappy

  6. Que tal Mappy, hace tanto tiempo. Las fotos que ves en este blog son fotos de platillos que he cocinado yo. También las fotos que ves en facebook son de platillos que he cocinado. Tengo rato que no pongo nuevas recetas, pero ya pronto empesaré de nuevo. Me da gusto que te hayas visto mi blog, y si haces alguna de las recetas dime que tal te quedaron. Pones el comentario en este blog si tienes alguna sugerencia o mejora.

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