Classic Bolognese Sauce

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Classic Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese [boh-loh-N’YEH-zeh] sauce is a beloved classic Italian pasta sauce that's prepared like a stew for exceptional depth of flavor. This recipe makes enough for a crowd, so gather the whole family 'round, or freeze the extra for an easy meal later on.


10 servings (about 10 cups)

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Good Things Take Time

Adding the ingredients in stages takes a bit of time, but it provides noticeably deeper flavor in the end.


Mince onions, carrots, celery, fennel, and garlic in a food processor. Heat oil in a pot over medium-high; add vegetable mixture and salt, and sauté until liquid evaporates, about 10 minutes.

Stir in chuck and pork, breaking it up with a potato masher. Add Italian seasoning and pepper, then cook until meat is no longer pink, about 5 minutes.

Add wine and reduce until evaporated, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add half-and- half, and simmer until liquid is nearly evaporated, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.

Stir in crushed and diced tomatoes, tomato paste, and bay leaves. Simmer sauce over medium-low heat until thick, stirring frequently, about 45 minutes. Discard bay leaves; season sauce with salt and pepper.


Sautéing the vegetables and garlic releases and evaporates excess liquid, concentrating and intensifying their flavors.

Nutritional Facts

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

Calories: 243

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 12g 18%

Saturated Fat 5g 25%

Cholesterol 43mg 14%

Sodium 953mg 39%

Carbs 16g 5%

Fiber 3g 12%

Protein 14g

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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