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Bolognaise Meat Sauce

Bolognaise Meat Sauce
Written by Susan H

Bolognaise Meat Sauce is a recipe that is permanently on the shopping list. I used to buy from the store until I found this recipe. Now my dishes are full of flavour and always get finished off. I serve with garlic bread to make mopping up easier. The plates look like they have never been used.

This is a good old fashioned Italian dish served with piping hot spaghetti and grated parmesan cheese.Hard to beat such an easy to cook dish. I make this Bolognaise Meat Sauce recipe in advance and in bulk and freeze in bags (less space infreezer) and defrost when needed. So versatile.

I like to cook a whole chili in with the bolognaise for a bit of heat. I then serve it with the chili so I can pimp my own bowl. Perfect.

Bolognaise Meat Sauce

Bolognaise Meat Sauce

A very popular dish that has stood the test of time. Very difficult to get wrong and so tasty. Always serve piping hot.
4.88 from 105 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Alcohol, Beef, Chili, Parmesan, Pasta, Spaghetti
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 241kcal





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  • Put a large saucepan on a medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil.
  • Add the chopped bacon rashers and fry for 10 mins until lovely and golden.
  • In the same pan, add the chopped onions, carrots, celery sticks, garlic cloves and the leaves from the rosemary and fry for about 10 mins.
  • Continually stir the vegetables until they soften.
  • Once done, increase the heat to medium-high and add beef mince and cook. Make sure all of it is browned all over. Will only take a few minutes.
  • Add the plum tomatoes (if whole thn mush them up), the finely chopped leaves from ¾ small pack basil, oregano, bay leaves, tomato purée, a crumbled beef stock cube, the red wine and 6 halved cherry tomatoes.
  • It is best to stir with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Bring to the boil and then reduce to a gentle simmer and cover with a lid.
  • Simmer for about 75 mins stirring occasionally. Take off the heat when the sauce has thickened.
  • Serve with Spaghetti and parmesan for a traditional pasta dish.
  • Enjoy.


Sodium: 41mg | Sugar: 6g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 61mg | Calories: 241kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Fat: 11g | Protein: 19g | Carbohydrates: 8g