Giada's 20-Minute Bolognese
Giada's 20-minute bolognese
Giada De Laurentiis
3 tablespoons olive oil, (plus more to finish)
- ½ large or 1 small yellow onion, (chopped)
- 1 medium carrot, (chopped)
- 3 cloves garlic, (smashed and peeled)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt, (divided, plus more for the pasta water)
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 14-ounce cans of cherry tomatoes, such as Corbara Datterino or Pomodorini
- 1 3- inch piece parmesan cheese rind
- 5-6 large basil leaves (torn)
1 pound short pasta, such as Calamarata (pictured)
- 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese, (plus more for serving)
- Heat a medium dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the olive oil, and wait one minute for it to heat up. Add the onion, carrot and garlic to the pan and stir to combine. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and cook for 4 minutes or until the vegetables are soft and fragrant.
- Add in the ground beef and break it up with a wooden spoon. Cook until completely cooked through, continuing to break it up as you stir, for about 3 minutes.
- Stir in the canned cherry tomatoes. Before discarding the cans, fill each one up with ¼ cup of water and swirl around to get the remaining bits of tomato sauce, and add that to the pan as well. Either use the spoon to gently break them up or scissors to cut them up in the pan. Nestle in the parmesan rind and basil. Season with the remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Reduce the heat the medium and simmer the sauce for about 10 to 15 minutes, until slightly thickened.
- Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil over high heat. Season generously with kosher salt. Add the pasta to the water and cook according to package instructions for aldente pasta. Using a slotted spoon or spider, add the pasta directly from the pasta water to the sauce. Add the Pecorino or Parmesan cheese directly to the bare pasta. Toss the pasta with the sauce to coat, thinning if needed with the pasta water to ensure it clings to the pasta. Serve drizzled with more olive oil and sprinkled with more parmesan cheese and basil if desired.
- per serving
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
- 65 grams
- 30 grams
- 28 grams
- Saturated Fat
- 10 grams
- Trans Fat
- 1 grams
- 65 milligrams
- 1294 milligrams
- 4 grams
- 6 grams
- Unsaturated Fat
- 15 grams
5 reviews & comments
Made this last night: SO GOOD! And so easy to make! Thank you!
Looks delicious! Can I first sauté the ground beef and then drain Or is this important in the process of this recipe not to drain ?
This was so good! I used ground chicken and unfortunately forgot to buy an onion so I had to chop up some old green onions. I also forgot to buy the basil so I added a tsp of Calabrian chili paste. The sauce was so delicious, it was better than Rao's, and didn't take long to make. A very forgiving recipe too as it didn't suffer at all from these substitutions.
Having yellow rice with pigeon peas tonight. Positive this will be delicious and bomb good!
SO EASY AND ABSOLUTELY DIVINE. VERY FAST YET TASTES LIKE IT COOKED THE OLD FASHIONED WAY! BRAVA GIADA!!!!!!!!!!!!!