Bolognese Sauce

Rich and meaty Bolognese Sauce is perfect to serve over your favorite pasta. Bolognese Sauce is a classic Italian sauce made with vegetables, wine, milk, and a combination beef and pork.

Course dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bolognese, meat sauce, ragu, sauce, tomato sauce
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Servings 10 (makes about 2.5 quarts)
Calories 288 kcal


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Vidalia onion
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 1 lb ground beef 85/15 meat to fat ratio
  • 0.5 lb ground pork
  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 8 oz tomato paste
  • 28 oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried parsley
  • salt
  • fresh ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp minced fresh basil


  1. Preheat Dutch oven over medium heat and add olive oil.

  2. Saute onions, carrots, and celery until softened.

  3. Add beef and pork and break down all the lumps as meat cooks.

  4. Once meat is mostly browned, add red wine and let it simmer for a few minutes. 

  5. Add beef stock, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper to the meat and mix it all well. Bring it to a simmer and lower the heat to low. Close the lid and let is slow cook for about an hour.

  6. After an hour, add milk and basil, close the lid and cook for another 45 minutes to an hour.

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Bolognese Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 288 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 396mg17%
Potassium 828mg24%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2620IU52%
Vitamin C 15.8mg19%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.