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Spaghetti Bolognese

Active Time: 30 minutes   |   Total Time: 50 minutes   |   Serves 6

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 2 ribs celery
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 8 medium button mushrooms
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1½ pounds ground chuck
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • ½ cup dry white wine, such as pinot grigio
  • 28-ounce can whole tomatoes
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 pound spaghetti
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

Chop the onion, celery, and garlic. Wipe the mushrooms clean with a damp paper towel and trim the stems. Then finely chop the mushrooms.

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and ½ teaspoon of the salt and cook, stirring often, for 4 to 5 minutes, until the onion begins to soften. Add the celery, garlic, and mushrooms and cook, stirring often, for 4 to 5 min­utes, until tender.

Add the meat and cook, crumbling with your spoon, for 5 to 6 minutes, until no longer pink. Stir in the tomato paste and cook for 1 minute. Add the white wine and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, red pepper flakes, black pepper, nutmeg, and the remain­ing 1½ teaspoons salt.

Break up the tomatoes with your spoon as they cook. Let the sauce simmer for 15 minutes. Stir in the milk and let simmer for 10 minutes more. Taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to the package directions. Drain the pasta and add to the Bolognese sauce. Add the Parmesan. Stir well until the pasta is well coated and the Parmesan is melted.

Serve the pasta topped with extra Parmesan.

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