Bolognese Sauce Recipe

by , Updated April 25, 2017
penne with bolognese
Diana Rattray

Use this delicious sauce as a lasagna sauce or a sauce for spaghetti or farfalle. Feel free to replace about 1/2 pound of the beef with ground Italian sausage or ground pork. Make extra to freeze for another day!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes



  1. In a food processor, pulse the onion, carrot, and celery until finely chopped.
  2. In a large saucepan heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add to it the chopped vegetables and bacon or pancetta. Cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes, or until onion is softened.
  3. Add the ground beef to the vegetables and continue cooking, stirring freqently, until beef is no longer pink.
  4. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
  5. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste, wine, water, parsley and basil, salt, and pepper. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour, until sauce is thick.
  6. Serve with hot cooked farfalle, spaghetti, or use for sauce in your favorite lasagne recipe.
  7. Serve with plenty of good Parmesan cheese.

Serves 6

Calories per serving (not including Parmesan cheese or pasta): 405


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