Bolognese Sauce My Way

Carrie R.


I have seen Bolognese sauce made on different food shows many times, but there always seemed to be an ingredient or two that I didn't care for. Yesterday I decided to make my own using a little of this and that from several recipes. This is definitely not a quick sauce to make, but it is well worth the effort when you have the time. All the ingredients blend together nicely; one does not overpower the other, but come together to give this sauce such a pleasing flavor! I'm so glad I decided to experiment and give making this sauce a try. I suggest using a Dutch oven/pot with tight fitting lid.

★★★★★ 1 vote
4 - 6 servings depending on portion size
30 Min
3 Hr


1 1/2 Tbsp
olive oil
1/4 lb
bacon, diced and browned
medium carrot, finely diced
1 1/2
ribs of celery, finely diced
medium onion, finely diced
1/4 - 1/2 tsp
ground thyme, or to taste
1 1/2 lb
ground beef and pork (2/3 beef, 1/3 pork)
3/4 c
dry white wine
14.5 oz. can tomatoes, pureed
whole garlic cloves
3/4 c
whole milk
salt and pepper to taste

How to Make Bolognese Sauce My Way


  • 1Heat olive oil in large pot (preferably a Dutch oven) and cook bacon until just crisp, remove bacon and set aside. Add carrots, celery, onion and thyme, saute until vegetables are tender.
  • 2Add ground beef and pork, brown. Drain all fat. Add wine to meat and veggie mixture, cook on medium high heat until wine evaporates, then add a splash of olive oil, pureed tomatoes and whole garlic cloves (remove these before serving.) Cook this sauce just on a simmer for 2 hours. If sauce becomes too dry, add beef broth or tomato juice a little at a time, you want your sauce to remain thick. At the end of 2 hours on a slow simmer, add milk a little at a time, keeping sauce thick, and continue cooking on a slow simmer for 1 more hour.
  • 3Remove garlic cloves and serve over your choice of pasta. Top with a generous sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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About Bolognese Sauce My Way

Course/Dish: Beef, Other Main Dishes, Pork
Regional Style: Italian