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A quick and hearty Bolognese sauce filled with beef, tomatoes, red wine, and cream. This delicious sauce is perfect served over pasta with a glass of red wine.
Have you made plans for Valentine’s Day? Do you prefer going out or staying in? I always prefer to stay home on Valentine’s Day. I love cooking for my family, and I’d much rather be in my home than in an over-crowded restaurant with mediocre service. My husband and I are planning a low-key evening at home this Valentine’s Day. After the kiddos go to bed, we’ll be diving into pasta with Bolognese and a glass (or two!) of red wine.
When trying to come up with the ideal recipe for Valentine’s Day dinner I knew I wanted something elegant and easy. The dish needed to be hearty, too. My husband is not going to get excited about a kale salad. 😉
This Quick Bolognese Sauce fits the bill perfectly. If you’ve ever made a traditional Bolognese sauce before, you know that it takes many, many hours to simmer away on the stove. This quick version is filled with similar flavors in a fraction of the time; less than an hour! It’s meaty and flavorful, with a slight hint of red wine in the background. It absolutely begs to be served over hot pasta and accompanied by a glass of wine.
I used The Dreaming Tree Crush (red blend) in the sauce itself, and I also paired it with the meal. The Dreaming Tree has several other varieties of red (I also picked up a Pinot Noir) as well as white wine. The Dreaming Tree Wines are a collection of approachable, high-quality California wines. As a California girl that counts Northern California wine country as one of my favorite places on earth, I am always happy to find a great California wine. I was also thrilled to learn that The Dreaming Tree is sustainably conscious from vine to table.
This Valentine’s Day express your love with food and wine! Whip up this Quick Bolognese Sauce, pour a couple glasses of wine, and enjoy a night in with someone special. Be sure to check out your local retailer for wine tasting demos.
- 2 tablespons extra virgin olive oil
- ½ yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 1½ teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ⅔ cup Dreaming Tree Crush (red wine blend)
- 28 oz can crushed tomatoes (I used crushed tomatoes with basil)
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- parmesan cheese, for serving
- cooked pasta, for serving
- Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables soften, about 8 minutes. Add the ground beef. Saute, stirring frequently and breaking up the meat, until it is brown, about 10 minutes. Add the Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Add wine and stir to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, stirring until combined. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in heavy cream. If desired, you can also add some water to thin out the sauce slightly. Add additional salt and pepper to taste. Serve over pasta with parmesan cheese.