Easy Italian Bolognese Sauce

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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. 😊

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To clarify, my sauce doesn’t taste exactly like Pomodoro’s. That’s not to say mine is better than theirs or theirs better than mine. I love them both!

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. However, don’t go overboard with the thyme! That will ruin it. Serve it over any type of cooked pasta or roasted spaghetti squash.

Easy Italian Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness

Easy Italian Bolognese Sauce

Most importantly, keep in mind my recipes are usually in large quantities. This sauce is great for freezing the leftovers in smaller portions, or one big portion for making a fabulous lasagna down the road! Moreover, we also love it for several nights of delicious leftovers. And the recipe can easily be cut in half. 🙂

The recipe calls for finely diced carrots and celery, however, you can make this sauce chunkier by cutting them into larger pieces.

  • Easy Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness
  • Easy Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness
  • Easy Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness
  • Easy Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness
  • Easy Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness
  • Easy Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness
  • Easy Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness
  • Easy Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness
  • Easy Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness
  • Easy Italian Bolognese Sauce | Culinary Craftiness

Easy Italian Bolognese Sauce

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 5 hours

Total Time: 5 hours, 15 minutes

Easy Italian Bolognese Sauce

Created by Melissa Woolard | Culinary Craftiness

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. sausage
  • 4–15 oz. cans tomato sauce (or 2 jars of your favorite pasta sauce)
  • 2–15 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 4-6 carrots, finely diced
  • 4-6 stalks of celery, finely diced (or 2 teaspoons celery seed)
  • 2 large onions, finely diced
  • 2 heaping tsps. jarred minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp. each rosemary, oregano, parsley, thyme
  • salt & pepper, to taste
  • 2-3 glugs of your favorite red wine (about 1 cup)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream (or evaporated milk)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F while browning meats, onions, and garlic in a large oven-safe stockpot or Dutch oven. Drain off fat.
  2. 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.
  3. Remove from oven and stir in 1 cup of heavy whipping cream. Serve over cooked pasta or roasted spaghetti squash.

Notes

You can make this sauce chunkier by cutting the carrots and celery into larger pieces, or smoother by dicing them into smaller pieces.

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Pictured here on roasted spaghetti squash

This bolognese recipe is easy enough as is, but I also use a shortcut with jarred spaghetti meat sauce on occasion. Our favorite, by far, is Mid’s. In addition, buy pre-chopped veggies and already cooked Jimmy Dean’s Sausage Crumbles to get a jump on the prep work. Once the pot is full and in the oven, it’s just a matter of time… You won’t believe how good your house will smell!

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About Melissa

Melissa is a wife, mother, family cook, and romance novelist. The very first thing she learned in the kitchen was how to scramble eggs in an old cast iron skillet at the age of five. Her great-grandmother put her on a step-stool at the stove and thus began her passion for whipping up great tasting foods.

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