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Beef Bolognese Sauce

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Bolognese sauce, an Italian classic, is adored by many for its rich flavor and heartiness. A perfect combination of beef, tomatoes, and herbs, this dish warms the soul and fills the stomach. In this guide, I will take you through a culinary adventure where you will not only learn how to make the best beef Bolognese sauce but also discover the health benefits it has to offer.

Why Do People Love Cooking This Recipe?

There is something remarkably comforting about a dish that has simmered for hours, mingling flavors to create the perfect balance. Bolognese sauce is versatile, can be served over pasta, used as a base for lasagna, or as a topping for baked potatoes. The cultural significance of this dish also plays a role in its popularity; it connects people to Italian heritage. Moreover, it is economically viable as it can be made in large batches and stored for future meals, saving both time and money.

Why Is This Recipe Healthy?

This Bolognese sauce is rich in protein from the beef, which is essential for muscle development and repair. The tomatoes are packed with vitamin C and lycopene, which have antioxidant properties. Additionally, carrots and celery add fiber and a range of vitamins, including vitamin A. Opting for olive oil is a healthier fat choice that can benefit your heart. Adding milk provides calcium which is crucial for bone health. For an even healthier twist, serve it over whole-grain pasta.


Who Can Eat This Recipe?

This recipe is suitable for the general population including children and the elderly. However, individuals with certain dietary restrictions such as lactose intolerance or those following a vegetarian or low-calorie diet should modify the recipe accordingly.

In conclusion, this beef Bolognese sauce is not just incredibly tasty but also packed with nutrients. Whether you’re serving it at a family gathering or making it for a weeknight dinner, it’s sure to be a hit!

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Beef Bolognese Sauce Recipe Details

Beef Bolognese Sauce Recipe Details

prep time
20 minutes
cooking time
2 hours and 20 minutes
total time
2 hours 50 minute


  • Large pot

  • Wooden spoon

  • Knife

  • Cutting board

  • Measuring cups and spoons


  • 500g ground beef (preferably 80% lean, 20% fat)

  • 1 large onion, finely chopped

  • 2 carrots, diced

  • 2 celery stalks, diced

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 can (400g) crushed tomatoes

  • 1 cup beef stock

  • 1/4 cup milk

  • 1/4 cup red wine (optional)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • Fresh parsley for garnish

  • Olive oil for frying



Heat a large pot over medium heat and add olive oil.


Add onions, carrots, and celery. Cook until softened, about 8-10 minutes.


Add garlic and cook for another 2 minutes.


Increase the heat to high, add the ground beef, and cook until browned.


Add wine (if using) and cook until reduced by half.


Add crushed tomatoes, beef stock, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.


Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low, and let it simmer for at least 2 hours.


Stir in milk and cook for an additional 10 minutes.


Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.


Serve over your favorite pasta and garnish with fresh parsley.


Using high-quality ingredients is key. Opt for fresh vegetables and good quality ground beef. The addition of milk helps in tenderizing the meat. If you wish to add wine, choose a dry red wine to enhance the flavor. To achieve a rich flavor, let the sauce simmer for at least 2 hours; the longer it simmers, the better the flavors meld together. Don't shy away from seasoning; taste and adjust accordingly. Freezing in batches is also a great way to have a homemade meal ready in no time.
Amelia Taylor
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