This is one my “go to” recipes for a weekly meal. My version of Pasta Bolognese has a bunch of veggies too! There is one unusual ingredient that gives it a ton of flavor – balsamic vinegar. The balsamic vinegar gets caramelized a bit on the bottom of the pan. Then you can scrape all of the goodness stuck to the pan and incorporate it into the sauce. Plus the smell is amazing as this is simmering away!
Homemade Pasta Bolognese
- 1.5 lbs. ground beef (or turkey)
- 1 small onion, diced
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1/2 cup green pepper, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 – 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
- 1 – 15 ounce can tomato sauce
- 2 teaspoons dried Italian herbs or fresh herbs to taste
Brown the meat over medium heat in a large sauce pan. When almost cooked through, add the onion and carrots. Continue cooking until the veggies are soft. Add green pepper and garlic. Once the meat is browned and the veggies have been cooked, add the balsamic vinegar. Let the balsamic vinegar cook down a bit and it will start to caramelize. Scrape the bottom of the pan to remove any browned bits. Add the tomatoes and sauce. Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer down for at least 10 minutes….or longer.
I usually add cooked pasta right into the sauce and toss with the sauce.