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Bolognese Sauce Recipe

One of my top 10 favorite recipes.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr 45 mins
Total Time2 hrs
Course: Sauces
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 - 8 servings


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground veal or lamb
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced
  • 16 oz whole tomatoes with/ juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • Parmesan cheese for grating on top


  • In a large sauce pot, brown the chopped beef and (veal or lamb), drain fat and reserve meat for later.
  • In the same pot, sauté onion and garlic in the olive oil & butter until the onions are translucent.
  • Deglaze the pan with wine and reduce by half.
  • Puree the whole tomatoes and add them to the pot along with the sliced carrots and reserved meat.
  • Simmer for about 1½ hours.
    (If the sauce become too dry add a little water or chicken stock)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.
  • In a big pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta al dente.
  • Serve sauce over pasta with grated cheese.


Of course you'll want to have plenty of French or Italian bread to sop up any leftover sauce and be sure to enjoy a great bottle of red wine with this meal.