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Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Authentic Bolognese Sauce packs in the best bold Italian flavors in this easy recipe. Serve this healthy bolognese over spaghetti, pappardelle or tagliatelle pasta for a family friendly meal.

Course sauce
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 302 kcal


  • 2 Tbsp. oil
  • ½ sweet onion finely diced
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery finely diced
  • 4 cloves garlic crushed
  • 6 oz. mushrooms finely chopped
  • 1 lb. ground beef 85/15
  • 1 cup milk divided*
  • ½ cup white wine or broth
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. black pepper
  • ½ tsp. each of oregano thyme, parsley, dried
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg optional

To Serve:

  • Pappardelle pasta -OR- Zucchini Noodles
  • Parmesan Cheese optional
  • Fresh parsley or basil optional


  1. Add oil to a large pot or Dutch oven along with the diced onion, carrot, and celery. Saute for 2-3 minutes, over medium heat. Add garlic cloves and mushrooms and continue sauteing for an additional minute.
  2. Push vegetables to the side of the pot and add ground beef. Cook for 6-7 minutes, or until almost cooked through. Crumble with a potato masher to break it apart into fine crumbles, if desired.
  3. Add ¾ cup of milk, white wine, tomato paste, salt, pepper, dried herbs, and nutmeg. Stir to combine, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low.
  4. Simmer bolognese, uncovered, for a minimum of 1 hour or up to 2 hours for the best flavor. Make sure to stir the sauce every few minutes to prevent it from burning.
  5. Stir in the remaining ¼ cup of milk just before serving.
  6. Serve bolognese sauce over pappardelle, tagliatelle, spaghetti or zucchini noodles with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Unsweetened cashew, oat, or soy milk may also be used.

  • To Store: Seal in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4-5 days.
  • To Freeze: Much like a pomodoro sauce, this bolognese sauce freezes exceptionally! Keep in a freezer-safe airtight container for up to 6 months.
Nutrition Facts
Bolognese Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 302 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 54mg18%
Sodium 748mg33%
Potassium 688mg20%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2192IU44%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 92mg9%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.