Easy Bolognese Meat with Bacon Sauce


While in Rome I enjoyed a Bacon Rigatoni dinner.  While talking with the waiter I mentioned the sauce tasted like it had a Bolognese meat sauce base  He happily confirmed my observation.  So, of course I decided to try to recreate the dish.  This easy recipe is my second attempt.  Both my efforts were well received by Sue and Gavin, but the second was in my view closer to the dish I remember.

easy Bolognese Meat and Bacon Sauce

Recipe serves 6


1 lb. ground beef.

I medium onion – finely chopped.

6 slices thick butcher style bacon.

2 Tbsp. olive oil.

1 carrot finely sliced.

1 stalk celery – finely sliced.

2 clove garlic – minced.

1 bay leaf.

1/2 tsp. fresh thyme minced.

17 oz crushed canned tomatoes.

2/3 cup red wine.

2/3 cup half and half cream.

salt and pepper to taste.

box of Rigatoni.


In large fry pan, cook bacon slices making sure to remove bacon from pan before they become hard. Slice the bacon into 1/3 inch sections.  Reserve bacon grease in pan.

To bacon grease add olive oil, heat to medium, and then add onion, celery, carrot, garlic. Stir the mixture and saute until tender.  Add bacon, and stir and cook a couple minutes more.   Remove from fry pan.


To fry pan add ground beef. On medium high heat cook until all meat is browned.  With spoon remove excess grease.

In a large pot combine hamburger, vegetables, bacon, and add crushed tomatoes, wine, half and half cream, bay leaf, thyme.  Stir and simmer for as long as you can, but at least one hour  (Add a little water if necessary). Add a dash of salt and pepper.

About a half hour before dinner, in a large pot boil water and cook Rigatoni per instruction on packaging.

And that’s it, you just made an easy wonderful home made Bacon Rigatoni dinner.



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