Everybody has a different definition of what “comfort food” means to them. For me, it’s spaghetti with meat sauce (otherwise known as spaghetti bolognese). It was my favorite meal in my school cafeteria, and you KNOW I made a spaghetti sandwich with my dinner roll (you did it, too, don’t deny it!). This spaghetti bolognese recipe takes only about 30 minutes from start to finish. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll make sure it becomes a part of your “comfort food” lexicon!
- 1 lb ground beef (or ground turkey)
- 1 lb spaghetti
- 1 large yellow onion, diced
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 7 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 jar pasta sauce of your choosing
- 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp. anise seed
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Drizzle olive oil into pan. Saute onions and mushrooms until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and saute for another 1-2 minutes, until fragrant.
Add ground beef, cook until fully browned.
Stir in jar of pasta sauce. Season to taste. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add spaghetti and cook until al dente.
Drain pasta. Ladle bolognese sauce over spaghetti, and top with freshly grated parmesan. Enjoy!
This is one of our go-to recipes for a quick and easy weeknight meal. We almost always have the ingredients on hand. It only takes 20 minutes, but it tastes like a gourmet pasta dish! Plus, we like to exclude meat from our diets at least one day out of the week, so this is a great meal for Meatless Mondays and for vegetarians. Follow these instructions for a dish you’ll come back to over and over!
Makes 3-4 servings.
- 1/2 box of penne (or pasta of your choice)
- 1.5-2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup of chopped button or crimini mushrooms
- 5-6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 Tbs. olive oil
- 1/2 cup of dry white wine
- 1/2 tsp of red pepper flakes
- Salt and pepper, to taste
While penne is boiling, chop mushrooms and garlic. Sautee mushrooms in olive oil for 5 minutes, then add the garlic and saute for an additional minute.
Add white wine, and let reduce for about 5 minutes. Then add spinach and saute until wilted, about 2 minutes. Add salt, pepper, and red pepper.
Drain the pasta, and toss in the saucepan. Serve, and top with grated parmesan cheese.
Notes: For some added protein, you can throw in some grilled chicken. You can also nix the pasta and cut the wine and garlic in half for a delicious spinach mushroom side dish!