Bolognese Sauce is a meat-based sauce that is hearty, rich and full of flavor! Spoon over your favorite pasta or zoodles for an easy weeknight dinner. Freezer friendly.
I cannot tell you how many times this Bolognese Sauce has saved my butt!
Usually, I double the recipe and save 2 or 3 portions in the freezer. It is a great sauce to make ahead of time and save for the future.
You can prepare so many dishes with this sauce. Toss with pasta (the obvious way), fill cannelloni, stuff vegetables like eggplants, peppers, or zucchinis, Shepherd’s Pie, papas rellenas… I’ve even used it to make empanadas!
There are several forms and versions of preparing this sauce. Some people add pancetta or bacon; others do a combination of beef and pork meat. I once tried a recipe from an Italian lady, where she added chicken liver… It was very good.
But through the years I’ve created my own version adapted to my family’s taste. Of course, I do not waste the opportunity to add as many vegetables as possible, sometimes very tiny chopped mushrooms or zucchini … the children do not even notice them!
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- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 medium carrot, peeled and grated
- 1 1/2 lbs of ground beef, (low fat content 90-10 or 93-7)
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 beef bouillon cube
- 3/4 cup of marsala wine
- 2 cans (8oz) of tomato sauce
- 1 oz can (15.5oz) of petite diced tomato
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon of dry oregano
- 8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
- Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic, and carrot and cook until tender, 5 - 8 minutes.
- Add the ground meat and cook through, breaking it into small pieces using a wooden spoon, but do not brown. Add the beef bouillon and stir until completely dissolved. Season with pepper to taste. Stir in the wine and allow it to cook into the meat, 3 minutes.
- Add the tomatoes (sauce, diced and paste), bay leaf, oregano and basil and mix to incorporate. Adjust the seasoning and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
- Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and simmer over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Serve or store for later use.
Let it simmer for as much time as possible.
DO NOT add water! if you feel that it needs more liquid add another can of tomato sauce.
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