Easy Italian Bolognese Sauce – When I first thought to try to duplicate a bolognese (pronounced bó-lu‘neyz) sauce served at a little Italian restaurant in my town called Pomodoro’s, I looked up several recipes on the net and came up with my own version. This deliciously chunky sauce is so good and easy to make, you’ll be throwing it in the oven or Crock Pot every time you turn around. 😊
I didn’t measure a single thing that first time – I rarely ever do – but this sauce is never a failure no matter how much of each ingredient you use (except don’t go overboard with the thyme!). Serve it over any type of cooked pasta or roasted spaghetti squash.
Always keep in mind my recipes are usually in large quantities. This sauce is great for freezing in smaller portions or perfect for several nights of delicious leftovers. And it can easily be cut in half. 🙂
Easy Italian Bolognese Sauce
- 1 lb. lean ground beef
- 1 lb. sausage
- 2 (28 oz.) cans tomato sauce (or 2 (23 – 30 oz.) jars pasta sauce)
- 2 (15 oz.) cans diced tomatoes
- 4-5 carrots, finely diced
- 4-5 stalks of celery, finely diced (or 2 teaspoons celery seed)
- 1 large onion, finely diced
- 2 heaping tsps. jarred minced garlic
- 1 tbsp. each rosemary, oregano, parsley, thyme
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 2-3 glugs of my favorite red wine or yours (about 1 cup)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream (or evaporated milk)
Preheat oven to 325°F while browning meats, onions, and garlic in a large oven-safe stockpot or Dutch oven. Drain off fat.
Add in everything else, but the cream. Stir well, cover tightly with a lid, and cook in oven for 3 hours. Carefully remove from oven, stir, and return to oven for 2-3 more hours.
Remove from oven and stir in 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Serve over cooked pasta or roasted spaghetti squash.
Note: You can make this sauce chunkier by cutting the carrots and celery into larger pieces, or smoother by dicing them into smaller pieces.
Also, this leftover sauce makes a fantastic lasagna! It’s even so delicious, I can stand at the stove eating it straight out of the pot with the serving spoon! 😋
Happy eating! 😊