Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Bolognese Sauce

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I love bolognese sauce (ragù alla bolognese), a meat-based pasta sauce originating in Bologna, Italy. I love my instant sauces and quick fixes in the kitchen, but when it comes to bolognese sauce,  home-made wins hands-down in taste to me. Luckily, making bolognese sauce is not difficult at all. To make my effort worthwhile, I prepared a huge pot of sauce (enough for six) over the weekend and freeze the excess sauce in individual serving bags for quick weekday night dinner solutions. Thaw and warm the sauce in the microwave or saucepan and you have a quick pasta meal in under 15 minutes. The sauce can be used to cook pasta in more ways than one – such as the classic spaghetti bolognese or baked pasta in cheesy bolognese sauce.

Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Bolognese sauce is a meat-based pasta sauce originating in Bologna, Italy. Cook a big pot of sauce and freeze the excess sauce in individual serving bags for quick meal solutions. Thaw and warm the sauce in the microwave or saucepan and you have a quick pasta meal in under 15 minutes.

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 60 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 100 grams streaky bacon chopped
  • 2 stalks celery sliced thinly
  • 1 large onion peeled and diced
  • 2 carrots peeled and diced
  • 300 grams minced beef
  • 200 grams minced pork
  • 1 glass dry red wine
  • 2 x 400g canned tomatoes (chopped or diced)
  • 80 grams tomato paste
  • 400 ml water
  • 300 ml milk
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano double amount if using fresh herbs
  • 1 tbsp dried basil double amount if using fresh herbs
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. In a pan, add oil and chopped bacon. Lightly brown the bacon for a few minutes.
  2. Add chopped celery, onion and carrots. Fry for about 6 minutes on gentle heat until the vegetables are softened.
  3. Add minced beef & pork, red wine and fry for a brief moment, browning and distributing the meat evenly.
  4. Add chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, water, milk, bay leaf and dried herbs. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper.

Noob Cook Tips

  1. For better taste, use a mixture of beef and pork. However you may use all beef if preferred.
  2. Once the sauce has cooled, packed them into containers or freezer bags, where you can freeze for up to a month. Thaw and warm the sauce in the microwave or saucepan and you have a quick pasta meal in under 15 minutes.