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Easy Bolognese Sauce for Authentic Italian Flavor

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If you are looking for a quick and simple Bolognese sauce, this is the recipe for you.

If you are looking for a quick and simple Bolognese sauce, this is the recipe for you.

One of the easiest otters you can make in your own kitchen is a Bolognese sauce. This rich, classic, hearty meat sauce is something our entire family will love.

What Is Bolognese Sauce?

Bolognese sauce is a meat sauce that originated in Italy. This traditional, super-savory sauce is what most people think of when they talk about spaghetti sauce.

This recipe is made with two types of meat, Italian sausage and lean ground beef. Making spaghetti sauce from scratch may seem intimidating, but it’s so much better than jarred sauce, and it is really simple to make. Most of the cooking time for this sauce is hands-off. The sauce will be simmering to build a rich, deep flavor.

Chef's Notes

  • To make this sauce, you will start by melting butter and olive oil in a large Dutch oven. Add in and cook your diced onions, carrots, and garlic until they are softened.
  • The next step includes adding your beef and sausage to the pot and cook until the meat is no longer pink. Drain the grease and return the meat to the pot. If you have used very lean beef, you may not have to drain your meat.
  • Pour in ¼ cup of beef broth or red wine. Using a wooden spoon, scrape any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  • Add tomato sauce, whole tomatoes, and seasonings to the pot. Break up the tomatoes with the back of the wooden spoon.
  • Once the sauce comes to a simmer, turn the heat to low and allow it to simmer for at least 30 minutes to one hour.

Serve this delicious sauce over your favorite pasta with Parmesan cheese if desired. This recipe makes enough sauce to serve with one pound of pasta. This sauce is easy to freeze after you have allowed it to cook to room temperature. This sauce freezes well for up to two months.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

1 min

11 min

10 servings


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup carrots, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1/4 cup red wine, or beef broth
  • 28 ounces whole tomatoes
  • 15 ounces can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 pound pasta, cooked
  • Parmesan cheese for serving, optional


  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large Dutch Oven over medium-high heat. Add your onion and carrot to the pan. Stir occasionally for 5 minutes, or until tender.
  2. Add the garlic cloves and cook, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add Italian sausage and beef to the pot and cook until the meat is no longer pink. Drain the grease from the meat if necessary and return it to the pan.
  3. Pour in wine or beef broth into the pot. Use a wooden spoon to scrape any brown bits from the bottom of the pot because these add flavor to your sauce.
  4. To the pot, add whole tomatoes, tomato sauce, sugar, and seasonings. Use the back of your wooden spoon to break up the whole tomatoes.
  5. Allow your sauce to come to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for between 30-60 minutes. I recommend allowing it to simmer for 1 hour, but if you are in a hurry 30 minutes will do.
  6. Serve with your favorite cooked pasta and top with Parmesan cheese.

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