Beef Bolognese with Bucatini Pasta

I’m baaaaaaack! And full-fledged, so you better watch yo’self.

You might not recognize me right off the bat, not seeing pictures of rusty nails, dry wall and grout paste or whatever. And that’s okay! Even if it takes you some time to remember me and the actual food I post on this blog, I won’t cry enough to drown in it. I’m 16% sure of that.


So the new kitchen, oh my LORD. I seriously walk into it everyday and come to a screeching-oh-my-face-did-Bob-Barker-and-his-skinny-microphone-just-win-me-this-kitchen-paralyzed halt. It’s just so dang gorgeous. Who knew a room could have so much LIGHT. And everywhere! It’s like every little corner just dances with light and sings, “Look at me! Look at all this light! Grab this cute little bowl right here in this super cool wall pocket because it’s all lit up and stylish against this white wall and oh look at all of your colorful dishes on those rustic wooden floating shelves all lit up and it’s okay if you want to do the Electric Slide right now.” I pretty much freak out 75 times a day.

I’m planning on getting a full reveal post up by the end of the week to show you the room behind all of the freaking. We’re still working on the pot rack and a few other teensy things. But you just need to see it and do the Electric Slide with me.


Alright, so this here pasta dinner. I had to EASE back into cooking after eating take-out 47 billion times over the last 3-ish weeks. Things felt weird at first. My hand looked wonky holding the pepper grinder. My fingers forgot how to use tongs and they most definitely looked like Kristen Wiig’s tiny hands on the Lawrence Welk Show skit on SNL, minus the forehead and the bubbles. But things felleth into place a couple of glasses of wine in, and life doth resumeth.


And it resumethed pretty darn awesome in my mouth because this meal was TIGHT. I used bucatini for the pasta, which I totally love because of the teensy hole down the center. And since we were throwing our hands in the air like we just didn’t care, I used organic ground beef for the meat. The sauce is a combination of crushed tomatoes and fresh cherry tomatoes and spices and honey and herbs and wine and please make this.


Don’t even think about sharing.

Now I’m wishing we’d installed a bubble machine over the stove.

Beef Bolognese with Bucatini Pasta:

What it took for 4:

* 1 pound organic ground beef
* 1 Tbs. smoked paprika
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
* 2 carrots, finely diced
* 2 celery stalks, finely diced
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 (1 lb 12 oz) can crushed tomatoes
* 1/2 cup chicken stock
* 1/4 red wine
* 2 Tbs. honey
* 2 Tbs. fresh herbs (oregano, thyme)
* 1 tsp worcestershire sauce
*1/2 cup halved cherry tomatoes
* 1 pound bucatini pasta
* coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
* fresh parmesan for garnish

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the ground beef and cook until browned all over, breaking up with a wooden spoon. Add a good pinch of salt and pepper, along with the smoked paprika and crushed red pepper. Sniff. Yes.

Add the onions, carrots and celery. Saute until the veggies have softened, 5 minutes. Add the garlic and saute 1 more minute. Maybe toss in another pinch of salt. Yeah. Do that.

Add the crushed tomatoes, stock, wine, honey, herbs, and worcestershire sauce. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. After the simmering, taste it and add more salt and pepper if needed.

In the meantime, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the bucatini and cook until al dente. Drain and add to the sauce. Toss to combine.

Serve bolognese garnished with the cherry tomatoes, more fresh herbs and lots of parmesan cheese.

Taste that. Hurts so good.

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59 Responses to Beef Bolognese with Bucatini Pasta

  1. Julie @ Table for Two April 30, 2012 at 1:14 pm #
    so glad you're back and that you love your kitchen so much! from the pics I've seen, it looks amazing!!!! i want to cook in it with youuuu! this pasta looks SO good. what's up bolognese, twinsie ;)
  2. Lori @ RecipeGirl April 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm #
    I don't believe I've ever tried bucatini. Must try... since I'm a little obsessed w/ bolognese. Happy to have you back :)
  3. Maria April 30, 2012 at 1:20 pm #
    Yay! Glad you are back!! Enjoy that new kitchen!
  4. Megan @ Country Cleaver April 30, 2012 at 1:26 pm #
    Hooray shiny new kitchen!! Glad you made it to the other side with only a small twitch in your eye and a smile on your face :) Can't wait to see the whole final review. And btw, this looks amazing.
  5. Villy @ For the love of Feeding April 30, 2012 at 1:34 pm #
    Welcome back! And what an EPIC return! Delicious!
  6. Laurie {Simply Scratch} April 30, 2012 at 1:59 pm #
    YUM!! This looks fab! I can't wait to see the whole thing! Soooo I'll be by around 6?
  7. Rachel Cooks (formerly Not Rachael Ray) April 30, 2012 at 2:00 pm #
    Glad you're back---and this doesn't look like a funk to me! ;)
  8. Andrea the Kitchen Witch April 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm #
    This kitchen of yours sounds worthy of a serious case of jealousy. I've not seen it and I'm already jealous! Light??? In a kitchen?!?!? What??? That's a serious luxury around here LOL :) Glad that you're back & cooking. The dish looks like a showstopper. The colors are gorgeous and make me want to dive right into that bowl.
  9. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen April 30, 2012 at 2:09 pm #
    I love bucatini, it's the coolest pasta on the shelf! I've yet to make bolognese but it sounds amazing!
  10. Deborah April 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm #
    I cannot find bucatini ANYWHERE, but this recipe just makes me want to search for it even more!
  11. Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables April 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm #
    Can't wait for the reveal! I'm jealous already.
  12. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking April 30, 2012 at 3:12 pm #
    Oh, holy yum Bev! Definitely saving this to try soon! It looks so delicious and I have all the ingredients on hand. Matter of fact, I'll maybe make it for dinner tonight! :)
  13. Averie @ Averie Cooks April 30, 2012 at 3:48 pm #
    I am chomping at the bit for the big kitchen reveal post!
  14. Katie April 30, 2012 at 3:51 pm #
    HONEY?! You used honey in there and I love you for it. I am soooo doing my electric slide prep warm up right now...
  15. kelley {mountain mama cooks} April 30, 2012 at 4:18 pm #
    Nothing like coming back with bang! I am so digging the pasta, it's right up my carb loving alley. Nice work, chica!
  16. Cassie April 30, 2012 at 4:21 pm #
    Glad to have you back and glad to hear you love the new kitchen! I will slurp up some bolognese any day!
  17. Kathryn April 30, 2012 at 4:25 pm #
    I pretty much would be happy if I could eat this for every meal for the rest of my life.
  18. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray April 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm #
    Mmmmm, meat sauce! You and Julie and making me crazy some good hearty pasta today. :)
  19. Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. April 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm #
    This looks delicious! Perfect meal for getting back in the cooking groove. Can't wait to see pictures!
  20. Julia {The Roasted Root} April 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm #
    Wow, so glad you're back! Beef bolognese sounds like dinner tonight!
  21. Nicole {Sweet Peony} April 30, 2012 at 8:32 pm #
    I'm so happy that you're back in your NEW, GORGEOUS, AMAZING kitchen! I cannot wait to see the big reveal!!!! :) Anywho, I love a simple pasta dish! So comforting & delicious!!!!
  22. Alison @ ingredients, Inc. April 30, 2012 at 8:46 pm #
    oh how lovely. I want to come to dinner
  23. Kelsey April 30, 2012 at 8:57 pm #
    Mamma Mia! I love me some bolognese and this sounds like perfection! Also love the reference to the Lawrence Welk Show... hilarious and oh so creepy. Looking forward to the reveal!
  24. Kristen April 30, 2012 at 9:32 pm #
    I can't wait to see your new space... I bet it is gorgeous!! :) This beef bolognese needs to become my friend... now. Yum!
  25. Kara April 30, 2012 at 9:53 pm #
    Looks Delish!! Can't wait for the big reveal!
  26. Katie (Epicurean Mom Blog) April 30, 2012 at 9:58 pm #
    I adore a good bolognese sauce! And this one is perfect!!
  27. Marina {} April 30, 2012 at 10:44 pm #
    I'll eat anything with Bolognese in the title, but this looks better than any I've ever had. Takes me back to my adventures in Italy... sigh.
  28. Diana @ Mood Your Food May 1, 2012 at 1:34 am #
    Welcome back!! this looks divine!
  29. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious May 1, 2012 at 4:07 am #
    So glad you're back in the kitchen! And this pasta looks freakishly amazing. Julie just posted her bolognese pasta today and I just made bolognese for the first time yesterday! Great minds think alike :)
  30. Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen May 1, 2012 at 8:43 am #
    I'm dying to see the reveal! Hurry, hurry...
  31. Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids May 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm #
    Welcome back. Oh, how I missed you! Until you tweeted with me on Thursday night when my heart was about to jump through my chest watching American Idol, tightly squeezing my 9-year old's hand because my husband thought that the NFL draft was more important than Phillip Phillips. :) And, for the record, he picked Phillip Phillips way back during auditions, so I will be squeezing his hand while he watches with me this week. :)
  32. Rhian November 26, 2012 at 9:24 pm #
    I made this tonight and it was very tasty. My husband and my in-laws for fighting for the last bits and even more 16 month old girl ate it. Thank you for sharing, we very much enjoyed it!
  33. Anonymous February 21, 2013 at 12:10 pm #
    I ended up making this last night and I realized you never mentioned when to add the fresh tomatoes. Or what the measuring unit was for wine. Altho it was obvious its supposed to be cup. It turned out pretty good! Just thought you might want to add that in :)
    • Bev Weidner February 21, 2013 at 12:19 pm #
      Oh my gosh thank you! Me = space cadet. I'm so glad you liked it!
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