Bacon Bolognese

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 3-1/4 hours


10 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
Pasta with ground beef was a family staple while I was growing up. I’ve added bacon, ground pork, white wine and juicy tomatoes to make it a next-level meal. –Carly Terrell, Granbury, Texas


  • 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


  1. In a 6-qt. stockpot, cook beef and pork over medium heat, 5-7 minutes, until no longer pink, breaking both 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.

Nutrition Facts

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