Bacon Bolognese Recipe
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Bacon Bolognese Recipe

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Pasta with ground beef was a house staple growing up. I’ve added bacon, white wine and juicy tomatoes to make it a next-level meal. —Carly Terrell, Granbury, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 thick-sliced bacon strips, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes, crushed slightly
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken stock or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 3 tablespoons butter, cubed
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 483 calories, 26g fat (11g saturated fat), 61mg cholesterol, 686mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook beef and pork over medium heat 5-7 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Stir in salt and pepper. Remove from pot with a slotted spoon; pour off drippings.
  2. Add carrots, onion and bacon to same pot; cook and stir over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Return meat to pot; add wine. Bring to a boil, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan; cook until liquid is almost evaporated.
  3. Add tomatoes and stock; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 3-4 hours to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally.
  4. To serve, cook spaghetti according to package directions for al dente; drain. Stir butter into meat sauce; add spaghetti and toss to combine. Serve with cheese. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Bacon Bolognese in Simple & Delicious February/March 2016

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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sugarcrystal User ID: 5836839 255053
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2016

"Great recipe! I usually have all of these ingredients on hand too which is a big plus!"

RooteeJ User ID: 6801974 251708
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2016

"This is an excellent change of pace from regular spaghetti sauce. I cooked everything in an electric skillet, and then transferred the sauce to a slow cooker on low for the 3-4 hour simmer. My Sicilian husband gave it 5 stars!"

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