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Homemade Bolognese Sauce

Authentic Bolognese Sauce

I want to challenge someone’s Italian grandma to a sauce duel. This sauce came out so good today!!!! 😍😍😍 I thought I would have so much leftover. Nope. I am not sure if this qualifies as an authentic bolognese sauce. I’m Irish. We don’t know these things – but it certainly tasted delicious! Jump to Recipe

Bolognese sauce over pasta
Bolognese Sauce! Delish.
How To Make Homemade Bolognese – Step By Step
bolognese sauce over spaghetti
Savory sauce! I hope you have leftovers.

Sauté onions, carrots, and garlic in olive oil with some salt. Add chopped bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes. If I had celery, I would have added some celery in with the onions and carrots.

chopped carrots and bacon
Getting ready for sauce

Add 1 lb beef and 1 lb pork. Add a little salt. I actually used a very simple pork sausage (it’s what was in the freezer!). Break it up and cook until there is no more pink. Add 1 cup wine. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.

beef and pork sauteeing
Beef and pork with onions and carrots

Add 4 cans of diced tomatoes. Break up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Simmer for an hour. Taste test and add salt and ground pepper. Friends have recommended using San Marzano tomatoes – I will definitely try this recipe with those next time.

white wine for bolognese
White Wine For Sauce

Add 1 cup of bone broth if you have it. I used a cup of Brave Bone Broth – it is locally made and so good and good for you. It adds A LOT of flavor. Simmer for another hour over low. Stir.

Finals Steps To Amazing Sauce

Always simmer uncovered so extra liquid cooks off. This cooked for about 3 hours total. So much flavor!

I took an immersion blender to the sauce to smooth it out a little after about 3 hours.

At the end, I added about 1/4 cup of cream and stirred it through and cooked it for a few more minutes. If I had cooked more pasta, we might not have had any leftover sauce. Everyone had seconds and they would have had thirds if there was more spaghetti. 🤣

Homemade Bolognese Sauce
Homemade Bolognese Sauce
Homemade Authentic Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Bolognese Sauce

Course Dinner
Cuisine Italian
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 8
Calories 414 kcal
Author Erin Brighton

Ingredients

  • 2 medium onions - chopped
  • 1 large carrot - chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1 slice thick bacon chopped
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 4 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup beef bone broth
  • 1/4 c cream - at the end

Instructions

  1. Sauté onions, carrots, and garlic in olive oil with some salt. Add chopped bacon. Cook for about 5 minutes.

  2. Add 1 lb beef and 1 lb pork. Add a little salt. I actually used a very simple pork sausage (it’s what was in the freezer!). Break it up and cook until there is no more pink. Add 1 cup wine. Simmer for 5-10 minutes.

  3. Add 4 cans of diced tomatoes. Break up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon. Simmer for an hour. Taste test and add salt and ground pepper.

  4. Add 1 cup of bone broth if you have it. Simmer for another hour over low. Stir.

  5. Always simmer uncovered so extra liquid cooks off. This cooked for about 3 hours. So much flavor!

  6. I took an immersion blender to the sauce to smooth it out a little.

  7. At the end, I added about 1/4 cup of cream and stirred it through and cooked it for a few more minutes.

delicious bolognese sauce
Sunday Supper – Bolognese!

This was so good. Perfect for a Sunday dinner.

Other Sunday dinner ideas … 

Easiest Gluten-Free Lasagne

Baked Chicken Caprese

Copycat Pork Fried Rice

bolognese sauce
Authentic Bolognese Sauce! Make this.

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Erin Brighton

I am a native New Englander now living in beautiful Charlotte, North Carolina and enjoying summers in sea-breezy Scituate, Massachusetts with my five small kids and two large dogs. I love to cook easy, local, and gluten-free for friends and family.

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