I love Italian food. Bursting with flavor and robustness, and mingled with a rustic quality that invites us to think about a different time and place. There are few food experiences more comforting for me than a great Italian meal spent with those I love.
That said, I also love simple food and easy recipes that are famiglia-friendly and can be cooked up in a flash!
This is a dish that I’ve just starting making in the last few months, but so far it has been a big hit at the family dinner table.
Here’s my “cheater” version of a hearty, yummy, spaghetti Bolognese.
1 box dry spaghetti (I only use Barilla) or 1 pound fresh pasta (if you’re feeling fancy)
1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes
1 pound ground beef (you could also substitute ground pork or lamb)
1-2 tablespoons minced garlic, to taste
salt and pepper to taste
Cook and drain pasta, set aside. In a large pot (I use the same pot I used to cook the pasta, while the pasta stays in the colander for a moment) add olive oil and ground meat. Flavor the meat with salt and pepper and brown completely. Add diced tomatoes and garlic, and simmer for a few minutes. Sauce should be very thick and chunky. Add the pasta to the sauce and stir. Allow the pasta to soak up some of the sauce for just a few more minutes. Serve with grated parmesan cheese.
I think this dish would also be great with some fresh basil or oregano thrown in, if you happen to have those handy!
Enjoy! And stay cozy.