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how to make an easy Bolognese sauce recipe


Bolognese is a homemade Italian sauce your family will love. This easy recipe doesn't take long, but it will taste like it's been simmering all day!
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6 servings
Calories 285kcal


  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound spicy Italian sausage easiest to buy in bulk (not links) from meat counter
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 28-ounce (one large can) crushed tomatoes canned
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley chopped
  • 8 fresh basil leaves chopped


  • In a large skillet over medium high heat, cook the ground beef, sausage, red pepper flakes, and salt until brown and crumbly. Transfer to a plate.
  • In the same pan, heat the olive oil over medium high heat. When the oil is hot, add the onion and saute until the onions become very soft, about 8-10 minutes. Add the garlic, celery and carrot and saute for 5 minutes.
  • Add cooked meat back to the pan and stir well to combine.
  • Add the tomatoes, parsley and basil, cover, and cook over medium low heat until the sauce thickens, at least 30 minutes but longer is better. Serve Bolognese with pasta and freshly grated Pecorino Romano.
    recipe for easy Bolognese sauce



Notes: Sauce is even better the next day. If you're prepared, make it a day in advance instead!


Calories: 285kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 517mg | Potassium: 296mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1860IU | Vitamin C: 4.2mg | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 1.4mg