The real deal bolognese sauce

  • Yield : 2L
  • Servings : 6
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 1:15 h
  • Ready In : 1:30 h

I love bolognese sauce. It’s so comforting and yummy and very versatile as you can freeze it and use it later on in just about anything – a pizza, with spaghetti, in a zucchini lasagna, etc.

Authentic bolognese should be made with ground beef according to purists. I don’t really care what kind of meat is used as long as there’s meat in it! I don’t think the comfort factor would be there without the meat! 😉


  • 500g ground beef
  • 3 big carrots, peeled and grated
  • 2 big onions, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 180g bacon, chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, chopped
  • 2 cans of 400g chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoon of tomato purée
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/3 teaspoon of sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


Step 1

Fry the ground beef in a stock pan on medium high heat until cooked. Drain and set the beef aside.

Step 2

Fry the bacon in the same pan until partially cooked.

Step 3

Add the onion and garlic and fry until the onion become translucent.

Step 4

Add the rest of the ingredients.

Step 5

Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1.5 hours until the sauce is rich and thick.

Step 6

Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

Step 7

Serve with cooked spaghetti.

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