Sunday Night Bolognese


Sunday Night Bolognese

Growing up in an a large Italian family, Sunday night was all about the pasta. There is honestly nothing better than a big bowl of comfort food to end the weekend. To keep the tradition alive, Alec and I try to cook various types of pasta dishes on Sundays. From Tortellini Alfredo to Roasted Red Pepper Sauce - we love it all. That being said, we don’t think anything holds a candle to The Sunday Night Bolognese.

Bolognese is a meat based sauce that originated from Bologna, Italy. For this recipe we pair our Bolognese with Pappardelle. We love it because it’s a wide, flat, ribbon-like egg noodle that we find does the best job soaking up all the meaty flavors. Not to mention, the name derives from the verb “Pappare” which actually means “to gobble up”. And to that we say, don’t mind if we do!

Note: If you can believe it, this sauce is actually better the day after! So if you don’t devour it all at once, the leftovers will surely cure those Monday blues.



  • 1 tbsp grape seed oil

  • 1/4 onion (diced)

  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)

  • 16 oz ground beef (80% lean)

  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1.5 tablespoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon pepper

  • 3/4 cup red wine

  • 1 (28 oz can) crushed tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon oregano

  • 8 oz bag of paparadelle ( or your favorite pasta!)

  • Grated parmesan cheese for topping

  • Fresh basil for topping (optional)

Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total: 55 mins

Serving Size: 3-4



  1. In a large sauce pan over medium heat, add grape seed oil and onion. Let cook for 5 mins or until onion become translucent

  2. Stir in minced garlic and let cook for another 5 mins

  3. Increase heat to medium high and add ground beef. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper. Actively stirring, cook meat for 4-5 mins

  4. Add red wine, stir and let cook for 3 mins

  5. Reduce heat to medium then add crushed tomatoes and brown sugar. Mix throughly and let simmer for 10 mins

  6. Reduce heat to medium/low and add oregano. Let cook for 15

  7. In the meantime, bring a medium pot of water to a boil and cook up pasta

  8. In a large serving bowl, add cooked pasta and top with bolognese followed by parmesan and basil.