Spaghetti bolognese with cherry tomatoes. Looking for a quick and easy weeknight dinner that’s sure to impress? Look no further! This recipe is a twist on the classic bolognese, with the addition of sweet, juicy cherry tomatoes and a touch of heat from red chili flakes. The result is a flavorful and hearty pasta dish that’s perfect for a family meal or a date night in. Plus, it can be made in just 30 minutes!
Why You’ll Love this Cherry Tomato Bolognese Pasta Recipe
This Cherry Tomato Bolognese Sauce is a versatile and delicious dish that can be served with spaghetti, pappardelle, or even lasagna. The secret ingredient that makes this sauce so special is the addition of cherry tomatoes, which add a sweet and juicy flavor that perfectly complements the savory ground beef.
To make this sauce, we start by cooking ground beef with onion and garlic until browned. Then, we add spices, tomato paste, and cherry tomatoes. We simmer the sauce for 30 minutes, or until the flavors have melded together. Just before serving, we stir in some grated Parmesan cheese for a rich and creamy finish.
This hearty and flavorful sauce is perfect for a weeknight meal or a special occasion. When tossed with spaghetti and served with crispy, oven-toasted garlic bread, it’s sure to become a new family favorite.
Let me guide you through the recipe with this step-by-step VIDEO.
- Variety: This sauce is versatile and can be served with a variety of pasta shapes, such as spaghetti, pappardelle, ravioli or lasagna.
- Substitutions: For a different flavor profile, you can use Italian sausage or ground chicken or turkey in place of the ground beef. You can also add different vegetables to the sauce, such as carrots or celery.
- Thickening: To thicken the sauce, you can add 1/4 cup of the pasta water to the sauce before serving. This will help to bind the sauce together and create a richer flavor.
- Low carb: For a low carb version of the sauce, serve it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash. These vegetables are a great source of fiber and nutrients, and they make a delicious and healthy alternative to pasta.
- Storage: Leftover sauce can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
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- 11 oz/300 g dry spaghetti
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 pound/450 g ground meat, I used 70% pork + 30% beef
- 1 tsp each: red pepper flakes, dried marjoram, dried thyme, sweet paprika, black pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 5 oz/140 g tomato paste
- 14 oz/400 g cherry tomatoes
- 2 cups/500 ml chicken broth
- 2 oz/50 g grated Parmesan, more for serving
- 2 tbsp chopped parsley
- salt, to taste
- Heat the oil in a large pot or a Dutch oven. Add ground meat, cook over medium high heat, break up into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Stir in red pepper flakes, dried marjoram, dried thyme, sweet paprika, salt and black pepper. Cook until the meat is cooked through and browned.
- Add garlic and onion, cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add cherry tomatoes, cook for 3 minutes more. Stir in tomato paste and pour in chicken broth. Cook for 10-15 minutes.
- In the meantime, cook the spaghetti al dente in a large pot with generously salted boiling water. Drain, reserving ¼ cup cooking water.
- When ready, toss pasta with sauce. Add parsley and gradually stir in the Parmesan until it melts into the sauce. Add a splash of cooking water and adjust salt to your own liking.
- Serve immediately with grated Parmesan. Enjoy!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 496Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 892mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 6gSugar: 11gProtein: 17g
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.