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Bolognese Sauce

This is a classic Italian sauce that is slow cooked for hours and is better served the next day. It is thick and meaty and the Pancetta gives it a rich smoky flavor.  It’s totally worth the extra time!  
Bolognese Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb. of mild ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 lb. of lean ground beef
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 purple onion, finely chopped
  • 5 oz of pancetta, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1-28 oz can of diced tomatoes with juice
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 32 oz tomato sauce
  • 4 cups of beef broth
  • Penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • Parmesan cheese, shredded
1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large dutch oven over medium high heat. Add the sausage and beef, stirring to crumble as it cooks.
2. Remove the meat from the dutch oven when it is brown throughout and no longer pink, place on a plate, cover to keep warm.
3. Add another tablespoon of olive oil to the dutch oven and add the celery, carrots, onion and pancetta. Cook for 4 to 5 minutes until the veggies are soft. 4. Add the tomato paste, tomatoes, red wine and beef broth.
5. Return the meat to the dutch oven and bring to a gentle boil, stirring to combine.
6. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for 3-4 hours. Check the pot every 30 minutes, stirring and adding more broth if needed to keep the meat covered as it cooks.
7. When the sauce is rich and thick, remove from heat. This sauce can be refrigerated for up to 2-3 days.
8. Serve over your favorite pasta with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top. (optional)
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Karly Campbell

Sunday 23rd of February 2014

This looks wonderful! Thanks for linking up with What's Cookin' Wednesday!


Monday 17th of February 2014

Sounds so good - thank you!

Michelle Meche

Sunday 16th of February 2014

Oh my goodness this would be a dangerous thing for me to make. I know I would stuff myself! Loving the pancetta! Thanks for sharing.

Miz Helen

Sunday 16th of February 2014

Hi Evelyn,Your Bolognese Sauce looks so rich and delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you are having a great weekend and come back soon!Miz Helen

Natasha Peter

Saturday 15th of February 2014

I am definitely interested in trying this recipe. It looks delicious!

Thanks so much for sharing on Turn It Up Tuesday! We love having you! :)