Bolognese Sauce

  • 30 mins
  • 13 ingredients
  • Prep 15 min
  • Cook 15-20 min
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  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb lean ground beef, or ground pork
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 2/3 cups dry red wine (Chianti works well)
  • 2/3 cups beef or chicken stock
  • 16 oz can of Italian peeled tomatoes.(we like Cento)
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 3 tbs heavy cream
  • Dash of freshly grated nutmeg
This is a classic Italian meat sauce that is a staple of  northern Italy.There are many variations, Grandma D’amico said this was the real thing! Who am I to argue.


  • Heat oil in a large sauce pan and add the onions, carrots and celery. Saute until tender.
  • Add the beef or pork with the tomato paste and cook until the meat changes color.
  • Add the wine stock, and tomatoes. Break up tomatoes with a wooden spoon.
  • Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg, reduce heat and simmer very gently until meat is tender and sauce is reduced. about 1 hour.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning.
  • Stir in cream, mix well, then serve over pasta.


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