Cole Cooks: Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Bolognese Sauce



Bolognese Sauce

This is my recipe for a more traditional Bolognese Sauce like you would find in Italy
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings 8
Author David Cole


  • 2 oz pancetta minced bacon can be substitute
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1 onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 3 lbs veal/pork/beef about 1 pound each
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 28 oz can whole tomatoes
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 2 tsp oregano optional
  • 2 tsp basil optional
  • 2 tsp Paul Prudhomme’s Meat Magic optional
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ½ cup cream


  1. Chop pancetta. Put carrots, celery, onion and garlic in food processor and mince. Cook pancetta and vegetable mixture in olive oil and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add meat slowly and start to brown, add 1 cup milk and fully brown meat. Add the other cup milk and sugar
  3. Simmer 20 minutes to reduce liquid
  4. Add wine and simmer 20-30 minutes to reduce liquid
  5. Add remaining ingredients except for cream and simmer VERY low for 4 hours
  6. Add ½ cup heavy cream, stir and serve over noodles (preferably pappardelle, fettuccine, or tagliatelle) topped with freshly grated Parmigiana Reggiano or use to make lasagna.

Recipe Notes

Half this batch can make a full lasagna

I did a whole post on how I developed my Bolognese Sauce Recipe.  This is something I have developed over many years based on my experiences with the real thing in Italy. As discussed in the introduction article, this my not be totally authentic, but I feel it is close.  Most importantly, friends and family love my Bolognese Sauce Recipe.

This recipe was inspired by the book Pasta Tecnica published in 1982 by Pasquale Bruno.  It was adjusted using suggestions in the cookbook
Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking (Hardcover)–by Marcella Hazan [1992 Edition] 

Bolognese Sauce Recipe
Lots of ingredients go into our Bolognese Sauce Recipe
Bolognese Sauce Recipe
The soffritto is essential
Bolognese Sauce Recipe
I like to make the soffritto in a food processor
Bolognese Sauce Recipe
Pancetta can be expensive so bacon is an OK substitute
Bolognese Sauce Recipe
Beef, veal and pork
Bolognese Sauce Recipe
Patience: this liquid needs to reduced
Bolognese Sauce Recipe
I add more tomatoes and seasonings than they do in Italy
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I am a heavy cream guy

For the full article on Bolognese Sauce go here.

For using this Bolognese Sauce Recipe to make Lasagna go here.


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