Spaghetti Bolognese

Grandma Ruth's Spaghetti Sauce (Spaghetti Bolognese)

This 30 minute recipe is a childhood favorite my great-grandmother would always make in an electric skillet rather than on the stove.

She told me that an "Old Italian Lady" told her to put Worchestershire sauce in her spaghetti sauce and I always thought this was her SECRET special recipe.  I have to confess, I just recently learned this was her take on Spaghetti Bolognese.

I don't usually measure when I cook this and adjust the salt, pepper, Worchestershire & sugar to taste, so all measurements are approximate.


1/4 lb bacon cut into 1/4" pieces
1 lb lean ground beef
1 medium sweet onion - chopped
1 stalk celery chopped (optional)
2-3 cloves minced garlic
4  oz mushrooms - fresh or canned
14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste - 6 oz
6 oz water (use tomato paste can)
1-2 tbsp Worceshershire sauce (adjust to taste give tang - add more if you want)
1-2 tbsp sugar - enough to soften bite of the tomatoes
salt & pepper to taste


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