Spaghetti Bolognese with the Boys

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Spaghetti Bolognese with the Boys

by Brigitta Sanchez-O’Brien

Arlusi! With JPCatholic students returning from their spring adventures in Italy, Italian resident Paul Campa shares his favorite recipe for spaghetti with ragú sauce.


  • The Boys. This is a key ingredient for both preparing and consuming the dish. This meal cannot be cooked alone and loses flavor when not in the company of the boys.
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 jalapeño pepper
  • sugar
  • table salt
  • olive oil
  • 1 can of plain tomato sauce
  • pasta of choice
  • 1 pound of 93% beef
  • seasoning salt
  • bread of choice


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  1. Gather the boys and inform them of your plan to break bread as one family that evening.
  2. Cover the bottom of a large pot with a thin layer of olive oil.
  3. Throw in the chopped jalapeños and chopped garlic.
  4. Turn up the heat. After a couple of minutes, the garlic and jalapeños will turn golden brown.
  5. Immediately add in the ragú sauce.
  6. Stir, then take out the garlic as the sauce is brought to a boil.
  7. Once brought to a boil, lower to a simmer.
  8. Let simmer for three to four hours.
  9. Optional: Add sugar to sweeten the sauce as the flavor starts to develop. Pour in some water so it does not completely dehydrate.
  10. Stir occasionally, checking the flavor.
  11. When the sauce is to the preferred taste, cook the ground beef separately.
  12. Season with seasoning salt.
  13. Cook the spaghetti.
  14. Option: Add a pinch of salt to the water.
  15. Mix the cooked beef in with the sauce, then stir.
  16. Pour the sauce over a plate of spaghetti, garnish with some parmesan cheese, and a slice of your choice of bread.
  17. Eat with the boys, and remember that these are the good ol’ days!
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