20-Minute Bolognese

Leftover hamburgers are the stars of this shortcut version of an Italian-American classic.

Total Time:
30 min
Prep:
5 min
Cook:
25 min

Yield:
4 to 6 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 8 ounces uncooked spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped fine
  • 2 cooked burgers (3 ounces each), crumbled
  • One 28-ounce can crushed or pureed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon butter, optional
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 6 large, fresh basil leaves, torn
Directions
  • Cook the spaghetti according to the package directions. Drain and set aside.

  • Heat the olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, and saute until lightly golden, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the meat, tomatoes and butter, if using. Bring to a boil. Season with the salt and pepper. Stir in the basil leaves. Reduce the heat to low, and cook for 20 minutes.

  • Add the cooked pasta to the skillet, and toss well to coat. Divide among deep bowls to serve.

Rigatoni, penne or bowtie (farfalle) pasta also work with this sauce.


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