My Favourite Quick and Spicy Bolognese Sauce with Linguine Corn Pasta

by Spicie Foodie on June 10, 2014

Quick and Spicy Bolognese Sauce with Linguine Corn Pasta by @SpicieFoodie | #bolognese #pastasauce #glutenfreepasta #cornpasta

There is an astounding amount of comfort to be found in a bowl of tender pasta thickly coated in a flavourful bolognese sauce. Am I wrong?

We may not be Italians, but when hubby and I dine at a new Italian restaurant we judge how good the food will be by how their bolognese tastes. Why do so many cooks have such a difficult time with pasta sauces? I am not saying I’m an expert in Italian cookery — far from it. But I know a good bolognese sauce when I taste one.

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Over the years I’ve tried a crazy amount of bolognese sauce recipes. I was never satisfied with the results until I finally learned how to make pasta from the Godfather movie. I know it’s a silly statement, but it’s true and you can read my story on that here.

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True, authentic, bolognese sauce (called ragù alla bolognese in Italy) takes a long time to prepare. There are many steps involved, all of which are done in order to create the layers upon layers of scrumptious flavours that will have you licking your fingers. Unfortunately most of us do not have the time required for creating the true flavours of this famous Italian sauce.

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This recipe is my quick go-to when the craving for homemade bolognese sauce strikes. To my Italian friends I ask for your forgiveness for butchering the authentic Italian recipe for ragù alla bolognese. Trust me I feel your pain, it’s pretty annoying seeing the traditional recipes of your home country turned upside down. (Lol) While this may not be a traditional recipe it is a pretty darn good one. This sauce has been on top of or mixed into our pastas for almost 10 years. You can feel safe in that this is a tried and tested recipe that has satisfied the bolognese cravings in my home for a long time.

Quick and Spicy Bolognese Sauce with Linguine Corn Pasta by @SpicieFoodie | #bolognese #pastasauce #glutenfreepasta #cornpasta

Below is my humble and quick recipe for bolognese sauce. If you’d like to test out a truly authentic ragù alla bolognese recipe by an Italian cook, please stop by Memorie di Angelina and check out Frank’s recipe.


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Quick and Spicy Homemade Bolognese Pasta Sauce (with vegan option)
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A quick recipe for bolognese sauce that is delicious and easy to prepare. Serve it over corn linguine pasta noodles for a gluten-free meal.
Recipe type: sauce, bolognese, gluten free
Cuisine: Fusion, Italian, Gluten Free
Serves: 4
  • 1 Tbs. good quality olive oil
  • 1 lb or 500 gm of ground pork-beef meat*
  • one 15 oz or 400 grams can of chopped stewed tomatoes (if using whole canned tomatoes first break up before using)
  • 6 oz or 200 grams tomato puree
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 to 2 tbsp of chile flakes, optional
  • large pinch of granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. fine sea salt, adjust to taste
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup (100 ml) red wine**
  • 1 package of corn linguine pasta noodles (or your pasta of choice)
  • extra parmesan for grating over the pasta, optional
  1. Heat the olive oil, once warm add the ground meat mixture and sauté until the meat has cooked through. Drain off all excess oil. Next add the all the remaining ingredients except the pasta noodles and extra parmesan. Over medium heat, and partially covered, allow to simmer for at least 40 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if desired or needed.
  2. Prepare the pasta noodles according to package instructions. To serve you can either mix the cooked sauce into the cooked pasta, or serve the bolognese on top of the noodles.
*I like to use a mixture of pork and ground beef. You should be able to find the mixture at your butcher or meat department in your local grocery store. If the mix is not available feel free to mix the meat yourself. Alternatively ground beef may be used instead.

**The wine adds flavour but not an alcohol taste. I have tested the recipe using and omit it, both with great results. You may completely omit it or use broth in it's place.

For a vegan bolognese either omit the meat or replace it with finely chopped mushrooms. Please notice that I've only ever tested the meat version.


Quick and Spicy Bolognese Sauce with Linguine Corn Pasta by @SpicieFoodie | #bolognese #pastasauce #glutenfreepasta #cornpasta

You’ll also notice that I used corn pasta which of course you can replace with your favourite wheat or gluten free one. And though we love a little kick in our bologense that doesn’t me you have to add it — but you should try it at least once. It’s delicious!

Quick and Spicy Bolognese Sauce with Linguine Corn Pasta by @SpicieFoodie | #bolognese #pastasauce #glutenfreepasta #cornpasta

As you can see in the photos, I like to mix the sauce into the noodles then scooping extra sauce on top before serving the meal. How about you, do you like to mix the sauce into the noodle or top the noodles with the sauce?


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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa June 10, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Lipsmackingly good. Those are wonderful pasta.




2 Jenni June 10, 2014 at 1:14 PM

Lovely sauce! I love a little heat in my pasta sauce too, but I will leave the 2 Tablespoons of pepper flake to you! lol =)


3 zerrin June 10, 2014 at 2:17 PM

This is definitely mouthwatering! Love how you mix the pasta with the sauce, I think the pasta tastes better when it’s completely blended with the sauce. BTW never had corn pasta before. Need to check if I can find it here.


4 Abbe@This is How I Cook June 10, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Gorgeous photos! I love bolognese, too! And it appears there are countless ways to make it. Honestly though, i think there is no bad way!


5 Matt Robinson June 10, 2014 at 8:30 PM

What an amazing pasta dish!!! The perfect comfort food no matter what time of year.


6 Bill June 11, 2014 at 9:02 AM

I LOVE a good Bolognese sauce and you’re right about a good one taking a long time to make. However your quick and easy one looks fantastic. There’s nothing better than a big bowl of pasta with a good sauce and your version looks mouthwatering!


7 John@Kitchen Riffs June 11, 2014 at 11:56 AM

I love a great Italian red sauce, preferably a spicy one. This is just my thing — perfect! Thanks so mluch.


8 Terra June 11, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Your recipe sounds amazing! I have never made bolognese. Now with this lovely recipe I need to make bolognese for sure! Beautiful, Hugs, Terra


9 Vicki Bensinger June 11, 2014 at 10:25 PM

Ooh this looks so good. I love pasta. Asa. Kid I use to eat it daily. As an adult I’d love to but can’t take all the carbs now. This recipe looks easy and wonderful


10 Daniela June 12, 2014 at 4:29 PM

You are so right about Bolognese sauce, Nancy.
Seems simple and often seen, but preparing a real gourmet Bolognese is like passing the last exam at High School.
Love your version and I’m going to prepare it this weekend – looking forward to it:)


11 Sandra June 16, 2014 at 7:16 PM

I’ve never made this before but plan on it real soon. Had it once on a cruise ship and even though I had nothing to compare it to I felt it just wasn’t right.


12 mjskit June 17, 2014 at 10:02 PM

Bolognese is one of Bobby’s favorite meals and I know he would flip head over heels if I set a bowl of this in front of him. I do have a recipe that I’ve been using for years and it’s gotten old. Thank you for sharing yours! I love the red addition of chile flakes. :)


13 Frank @Memorie di Angelina August 27, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Thanks so much for the shout out, Nancy! Believe it or not, for whatever reason I’m just seeing this post now, three months late… I’d say what you’ve come up with here a perfectly respectable example of what Italians call a “sugo da carne” (meat sauce), suitable for every day use just as you say.


14 Spicie Foodie August 27, 2014 at 9:37 PM

My pleasure, Frank, you know how much I love your recipes. Thank you for the information — I’m still clueless when it comes to Italian cuisine.


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