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Bacon Bolognese

Pasta with ground beef was a house staple as I was 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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Add tomatoes and stock; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 3-4 hours to allow flavors to blend, stirring occasionally.
  • 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.

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  • hondapcgirl1
    Feb 13, 2021

    I did not care of the mix of flavors in this recipe. I think it's just my taste buds do not care for parm and bacon together.

  • Norbert
    Feb 3, 2019

    So, I must have cooked this recipe three times already - great, just like Mom used to make! I would appreciate it if maybe the author could answer my concern here: So yesterday, I made this recipe once again. I went to the grocery store to buy some tomato sauce since I was out. I saw a can that had basil and oregano included in the tomato sauce . At the time I thought the basil and oregano wouldn't interfere with the bacon or carrots, so I went ahead and used this can anyway. After, I cooked the sauce I noticed I couldn't taste the bacon nor the carrots (which usually are stars of this recipe!). At this point, I'll see if their flavor comes out by sitting in the fridge for a few days, otherwise is there anything I can do? or is just a cooking lesson I have to learn from? use plain tomato sauce next time!...Lol! Thanks! ...Norbert

  • CarlyLyn29
    Nov 25, 2017

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  • sugarcrystal
    Jul 20, 2017

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  • RooteeJ
    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!