Perfect Italian Bolognese Sauce

I am a huge fan of Bolognese pasta, and I like to prepare it on Sundays because first I love it and second it relaxes me. For me preparing Bolognese is like one-hour yoga session.

Bolognese has a history, and actually the first documented ragout (meat-based sauce) pasta recipe comes from the 18th. The recipe was published by Pellegrino Artusi, an Italian businessman, better known for his cookbook La Scienza in Cucina e l’arte di mangiar bene (“Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well”)

Normally I cooked just for one hour, but after talking with the lovely Valentina ( the blogger behind Valentina in shorts) I realized that I was making the sauce with not enough time for the ragout really to cook.

She suggested cooking the sauce for at least for 3 hours instead of 1, and I followed this time her recipe

Perfect Italian Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Pasta Bolognese

This is a great Recipe for Pasta Bolognese. Importan is to cook the sauce for at least 2 hours!
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Ready In3 hours 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bolognese, Pasta Bolognese
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 240kcal


  • 500 grams ground Beef
  • 2 Carrots minced
  • 2 Celery minced
  • 1 Onion minced
  • 6 Cloves of Garlic minced
  • 1 can Tomato sauce Mutti is my favorite
  • Dash of red wine
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil


  • Add the minced onions, garlic,carrots and celery to a pan with the butter and olive oil. You have to make a sofrito with all these ingredients and stir occasionally until tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Add the meat and the salt to the sofrito and cook it till the fat is gone. Add the bay leaves
  • When the fat is gone you can add  the wine and cook it till the wine is gone. After the wine is gone you can add the cane of tomato ( my favorite is the Mutti brand) and low the flame.
  • Let it simmer for 3 hours or more. Every 30 min stir occasionally and add water if it gets dry.


Serve with fresh Pasta and fresh Parmesan


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 240kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.2g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 6g
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