Italian bolognese sauce was always a favorite of mine growing up. But who am I kidding? It’s still an Italian favorite of mine! And homemade bolognese sauce is way better than any frozen, store bought version. Don’t you agree?
Psst! If you’re a mom who has some picky eaters, then you can get veggies in with this delicious sauce! There is zucchini and spinach in this recipe — but no one will notice because the flavor is so dee-lish no one cares if it has a million veggies in it. Ok, a million is a little much, isn’t it. I guess that was a little but of a food blogger exaggeration there — but you get the point!
Also, let me teach you a trick about bolognese and any type of chili you want to make. If you want super-fine meat instead of huge hunks, add about 1/2 cup of water to your meat while you’re browning it. Also, keep breaking up the beat with a wooden spoon. Those little details when cooking can take an awesome sauce or chili to the next level!
What makes this sauce so flavorful? The simmering part. Don’t skip out on that detail! If you want to get the real Italian feel for an amazing bolognese sauce, you have to use fresh veggies and simmer your sauce…not this five minute sauce thing you see on easy cooking commercials. It’s just not the same, and the quick cooking kind is kind of, well, bleh!
Want to add some double yumminess to this recipe? Drizzle your final product with gorgeous, mouth-watering extra virgin olive oil. And, if you’re a cheese fanatic, make sure you sprinkle real, shredded Parmesan cheese on top!
For complete fancy schmancy Italian meal, be sure to add some garlicky bread and an fresh green salad. (You can use that same dee-lish olive oil you used in the final product again…plus toss some balsamic vinegar in there too!)
While I dream of all kind of buttery, garlicky smells coming for the kitchen, you go ahead and start cooking the recipe below! You’ll love it!