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Homemade Bolognese Sauce Recipe

There's not much more rewarding than a big bowl of pasta with homemade bolognese sauce.
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Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 -8 servings


  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup celery stalks, small dice
  • 1/2 cup carrots, small dice
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 cups white wine
  • 28 ounces canned whole tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups water
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese sprinkle on top
  • 1 bag noodles rigatoni, spaghetti or your favorite


  • In a wide pan, sauté the diced onion, celery, and carrots in the oil and butter for 5 or so minutes or until onions are translucent.
  • Add ground beef seasoned with salt and pepper and cook over medium high heat. Add cayenne and nutmeg.
  • Turn heat down to low and add in milk. Bring to a simmer and let the sauce continue to simmer until the milk is all absorbed. Stir occasionally.
  • Add wine and simmer out, stirring occasionally.
  • Empty out the can of tomatoes into a medium bowl and break them up with your hands (this is the fun part!). Once they are mostly broken up, add all of the tomatoes and juices to the sauce and continue to simmer.
  • Add water (you may not need the full amount of water here but you want the sauce to have some liquid so add 1/2 cup at a time until you're ready to serve the sauce.
  • Serve over fresh pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.


The sauce will take 5-6 hours to cook so you want to start mid morning. Plan something fun to do at home on this day because you'll want to be there to occasionally stir the sauce. It doesn't need much work but you will want to keep an eye on it through the day and you will need to add in more ingredients as you go.
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