Bolognese sauce

bolognese sauce

Nothing makes you feel more at home than an authentic Bolognese sauce. It is a traditional Italian recipe full of history and flavor. A simple recipe that will guide you step by step through all the secrets and little tricks to prepare a true delight at home.

There are many variations of this recipe; it can be said that every Italian region has its own. Learning the procedure of this recipe will help you personalize it to make it 100% yours.

Tips and Tricks

  • Different types of meat can be used; the most common are pork or sausage meats.
  • When is Bolognese sauce ready? It’s ready when the tomato has been reduced by half and the color is glossy. Bolognese sauce is perfect for making lasagna and for a nice plate of egg pasta.
  • Many different aromatic herbs can be used. Thyme, sage, and rosemary are the most commonly used. But like any recipe, it can be customized to taste.
  • The use of red wine is optional. You can also deglaze with white wine or simply with good beef broth. 
  • High or low-sided pot. Typically, a high-sided pot is used so that the cooking is a bit slower and concentrates the flavor more. A low-sided pot helps in faster cooking. The low-sided pot is recommended when using lean meat.
  • In various traditional recipes, meat scraps were used. Today, lean ground beef is commonly used, which can be bought at the supermarket or from your trusted butcher.
  • The tomatoes should be juicy and pulpy, which can also be easily found at the supermarket.

How to store the bolognese sauce

To store authentic Bolognese sauce properly, allow it to cool completely before transferring it to an airtight container. Place the container in the refrigerator and ensure it is sealed tightly to prevent any air exposure. Bolognese sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. If you want to store it for a longer period, consider freezing it. Portion out the sauce into freezer-safe containers or bags, leaving some room for expansion, and label them with the date. Frozen Bolognese sauce can last for up to 3 months. When ready to use, thaw overnight in the refrigerator or gently reheat from frozen on low heat, stirring occasionally until heated through.

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Authentic Bolognese sauce

Nothing makes you feel more at home than an authentic Bolognese sauce.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Sauce
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1.5 lb ground beef
  • 2 cups tomato passata
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 golden onion
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 glass red wine
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  • Finely dice carrots and onions.In a large pot, melt the butter together with a tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Add the diced vegetables with a bouquet of aromatic herbs.
  • Add 2 cloves of unpeeled garlic.
  • Cook over medium heat for 5/6 minutes.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove the garlic cloves.
  • Add the ground meat.
  • Cook everything for 5/6 minutes over medium heat, stirring well.
  • Increase the heat and deglaze with red wine. Let the red wine evaporate, then lower the temperature.
  • Add the tomato and let it cook over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring well.
  • Remove the aromatic herbs and add the milk.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning.Let it cook slowly for 15-20 minutes.
  • When the tomato has reduced well, your Bolognese sauce is ready.


Calories: 589kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 136mg | Sodium: 183mg | Potassium: 732mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5342IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 4mg
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