Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Zakarian

Spaghetti Bolognese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 to 6 (plus extra sauce)
In honor of our special Family issue, Food Network Magazine asked the kids of some Food Network stars to act as guest editors and share their favorite family dinners. Here’s what Geoffrey Zakarian’s daughter, Madeline, had to say about this bolognese dish: “”My dad makes the sauce fresh. It takes awhile, so we don’t have it very often. But it’s so good when we do!”



  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over high heat. Add the olive oil, then the beef, veal and sausage; cook, breaking up the meat, until very well browned, 8 minutes. Remove the meat to a plate, leaving the fat in the pan.
  2. Pulse the onions, carrots and garlic in a food processor until the size of small pebbles. Add to the fat in the Dutch oven and cook, stirring, until soft, 6 to 8 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Return the meat and any juices to the Dutch oven. Stir in the tomato paste and cook, stirring, until brick red, about 10 minutes.
  3. Tie the thyme and rosemary together with kitchen twine. Add the wine to the Dutch oven and cook until reduced by half, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the stock, tomatoes, herb bundle and cheese rind. Cover and simmer over medium-low heat until thickened, about 1 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. About 20 minutes before serving, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the spaghetti and cook as the label directs. Drain and toss with some of the sauce. Top with shaved cheese. Refrigerate the leftover sauce for up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month.