Baked Bolognese

Serves 6.
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Baked Bolognese is a relatively simple take on classic bolognese that mashes together the traditional dish with a delicious baked macaroni and cheese.


8 ounces macaroni or shells pasta, cooked
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 medium white onion, diced
1/2 red pepper, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound lean ground beef
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon fresh basil
1/4 cup red wine
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Salt and pepper


1) In a large pot, add oil over medium-high heat. Then add onions, peppers, and garlic and cook until soft, about five minutes. Season with a pinch of salt.

2) Add ground beef to pot and continue to cook until beef is browned, about 8-10 minutes. Add oregano, marjoram, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper as the beef browns.

3) When beef is browned, add tomatoes, fresh basil, and red wine. Bring mixture to a simmer and turn heat down to medium low. Simmer, uncovered, until mixture thickens, about 12-15 minutes.

4) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook pasta according to package. Be sure not to overcook the pasta or your finished dish will be mushy.

5) Drain pasta and stir bolognese sauce into pasta. Stir in cheddar and mozzarella cheese.

6) Transfer finished pasta to a 2 1/2 quart baking dish (or a 9×13 dish) and top generously with bread crumbs and grated Parmesan cheese.

7) Bake pasta until it’s nicely browned around the edges, about 30 minutes.

Let cool for a few minutes before serving.