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Perhaps one of our favorite pasta sauces is the Beef Bolognese. It’s a good, hearty ragù sauce that fills you up with some protein to balance out the carb-loaded pasta. Bolognese sauce comes from the vibrant, northern Italian city of Bologna, though exactly what constitutes an authentic sauce & pasta combination is hard to say.

Historians and foodies bicker over the type of pasta to use: purists argue for tagliatelle,while others even opt for macaroni noodles. Some say tomatoes and tomato paste should be kept to a minimum. One thing is for sure: a good bolognese has a soffrito base of aromatic and flavorful veggies. Our recipe incorporates sautéed onion, carrots and celery. It makes for a sauce with rich flavor and wonderful texture. Read on for the full recipe…

Bolognese Rag˘ Sauce


  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 2 tablespoons minced carrot
  • 2 tablespoons minced celery
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 3/4 lb ground beef chuck
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • table salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 28oz can whole tomatoes, finely chopped, juice reserved

1. Cook the bacon in a pan until crispy. Pat with paper towels, then crumble.

2. Heat the butter in a large, heavy-bottomed Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onion, carrot, garlic, and celery. SautË until softened but now browned (about 6 minutes).

3. Add ground meat, bacon, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Use the edge of a wooden spoon to crumble meats with the edge of a wooden spoon so no clumps remain. Cook the meat until it loses its raw color, but has not yet browned (about 3 minutes).

4. Add milk and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer until the milk evaporates and only clear fat remains.

5. Add wine and bring to a simmer until the wine evaporates. Add tomatoes and their juice to bring to a simmer.

6. Reduce the head to low so the sauce just barely continues to simmer until the liquid has evaporated (about 3 hours.)

7. Adjust seasonings with extra salt to taste and serve.

8. Enjoy!

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