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Peter's Spaghetti Bolognese

Updated on September 5, 2014

Peter's Spaghetti Bolognese

Be prepared to savor the aromas and delight your palate with Peter's wonderful rendition of Spaghetti Bolognese, which you will learn to prepare right here!

Add a green vegetable and a slice of fresh Italian or French bread and dinner is served!

I took all the photos in this lens of Peter preparing and serving this delicious and satisfying dish!

Everyone Loves Peter's Spaghetti Bolognese!

Some of Peter's Ingredients and "Tools"

Fresh Garlic, Mushrooms and Red Onion


Spices and Herbs are Ready - Oregano, Thyme, Basil and Jane's


Extra Virgin Olive Oil

extra virgin olive oil
extra virgin olive oil


Pasta Sauce and a Can of Tomato Sauce - This is what we had on hand that night


The Skillet is Important

Peter uses a high-sided 11.5" skillet (also called a sauté pan) that takes a fitted cover.

Our High-Sided Skillet (aka Saute Pan)

This is Peter's favorite pan. It is large, has a good surface area for heating and browning, has high sides and it can be tightly covered

Ingredients and Tools to Have on Hand




Janes Crazy Mixed Up Salt - We use this for everything that takes salt!



Hard Italian Cheeses for Your Kitchen



It'll be done soon

Poll ... What is Your Favorite Pasta?

Spiral Pasta
Spiral Pasta

What Type of Pasta Do You Like?

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Preparing the Pasta

Boil about 2-3 quarts of water in a 4 quart covered pot to which you have added a bit of salt and a bit of olive oil.

When you have a rolling boil, uncover and add your pasta.

Cook about 10 minutes or until al dente.

Drain pasta and return to the pot. Keep covered on stove until ready to serve.

Step By Step

Add Olive Oil to the Skillet - At Medium Heat

skillet with olive oil
skillet with olive oil

Add the Ground Beef to be Browned

Adding Thyme to the Browned Meat - Peter Believes Thyme is Essential. Be Generous with the Thyme!

Peel the Garlic

Separate about 1/2 the cloves from the garlic bulb and then peel off the skins

Chop the Garlic into Good Sized Pieces

Onions and Garlic are In!

Time for a Glass of Chianti

Now Add the Sauces and Stir

Now Add the Oregano and Basil

Adding the Herbs & Spices to Complement the Pasta Sauce

Add the spices and herbs so that they complement your pasta sauce.

For Example ....

If the pasta sauce jar is Garlic Lover's Delight, then add even more garlic

Whereas, if the pasta sauce jar is Tomato Basil, then add even more basil

Add Some Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Gently Stir the Bolognese - Cover and Simmer from 10 to 30 minutes on Low Heat ... The longer, the better

Slice a Few Mushrooms

Adding the Mushrooms

You put the Mushrooms in about 5 minutes before you are ready to serve so that they don't turn to mush (as in mushy)

The Mushrooms are In - Cover the Bolognese and Let Simmer for 5 More Minutes

Ahhh, Such a Nice Aroma

Set the Table - Notice the Fresh Bread, Cheese and a Salad

Bring the Sauce to the Table

We put our skillet on a trivet on the table, but you can plate your servings in your kitchen.

Grate the Cheese Over the Spaghetti Bolognese

You can use any hard Italian cheese like parmesan, romano, or asiago cheese.

Peter's Spaghetti Bolognese is Served

Brussel sprouts or another green vegetable is a nice complement to this meal.

Ahhhhh, the Aroma

Nothing Goes to Waste

Our dog Bogo loves to lick the pan when we're done.

Peter's Spaghetti Bolognese is Cooking
Peter's Spaghetti Bolognese is Cooking

This is my husband Peter's basic recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese


  • 1.5 pounds of lean ground beef
  • a jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 15 ounce can of your favorite tomato sauce
  • 1 pound of long pasta like spaghetti or linguini or fettucine
  • dried thyme
  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • 1/2 bulb of fresh garlic
  • a small onion - white yellow or red or whatever you have
  • plain salt or Janes Crazy Mixed Up Salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • a few white mushrooms (optional)
  • parmesan or romano or asiago cheese (optional)


  1. Brown the meat
  2. Add lots of dried thyme
  3. Add the jar and can of sauce
  4. Add about 3 tablespoons of dried oregano
  5. Add about 2 teaspoons of dried basil
  6. Add about 1/2 of a bulb or chopped garlic
  7. Add just a bit of salt or Janes
  8. Add fresh ground pepper
  9. Simmer for 10-30 minutes (the longer, the better)
  10. Serve over pasta with grated cheese, fresh bread and a salad
  11. Note: Vary the spices to complement the jar of pasta sauce
  12. If reading this online, here are the Step By Step Instructions with Photos
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      JamesDWilson 5 years ago

      Great pictures on this lens, good to see you enjoying the wine too!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Looks and sounds delicious - now I need to go shopping, it seems!

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      Krafick 6 years ago

      I love spaghetti bolognese. Yours sound very delicious.