bolognese sauce

by gurumommy on September 20, 2011

in cooking

I have been looking for a quick, easy and tasty bolognese sauce that is not to complex for my kids to eat & easy enough to whip up on a weeknight.  I found this on


  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground veal or lamb
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 – 6 cloves of garlic….depending on your love for garlic and how much your family can stand
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 16 oz. can whole tomatoes with/ juice
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 pound penne pasta
  • Parmesan cheese for grating on top


  1. In a large sauce pot, brown the chopped beef and (veal or lamb), drain fat and reserve meat for later.
  2. In the same pot, sauté onion and garlic in the olive oil & butter until the onions are translucent.
  3. Deglaze the pan with wine and reduce by half.
  4. Puree the whole tomatoes and add them to the pot along with the sliced carrots and reserved meat.
  5. Simmer for about 1 1/2 hours. (If the sauce become too dry add a little water or chicken stock)
  6. Salt and Pepper to taste.
  7. In a big pot of salted boiling water, cook pasta al dente.
  8. Serve sauce over pasta with grated cheese.

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