Daily Archives: August 17, 2014

Bolognese sauce

The husband likes a rich, hearty pasta sauce, not too watery. So I gave this one a try, adapted from my new Step by Step Cookbook.

Confession: Every single time I post a recipe I’ve tried without the first picture being that of the ingredients, it’s because I inevitably forget to include an ingredient in the picture. Which is every darn time, it seems like. 


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 carrot, finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp celery seeds*
  • 1/2 pound ground veal**
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • about 18 oz of whole canned tomatoes, chopped, juice reserved
  • 1 tsp salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • pinch of cinnamon***
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream, or more as needed
  • 8 oz spaghetti (I tried a vegetable-based spaghetti for the first time – great)
  • Parmesan or Romano cheese for garnish (optional)

*You can use finely chopped celery instead.

**You can also use ground beef, pork, or a combination therein.

***I accidentally put in too much cinnamon. To counteract that, I added some lemon juice and additional tomatoes, and that seemed to do the trick nicely. Also, you could use nutmeg instead of cinnamon.

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