Ragu Alla Bolognese

  • 1 hr 45 mins total
  • 15 mins prep
  • 1 hr 30 mins cook
  • serves 8 people

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Sunday night is always family dinner night and with such, our dinner is a lot more elaborate.

Ragu alla Bolognese is a classic meaty rich and savory sauce served with tagliatelle, a traditional pasta and dish from Bologna in Emilia-Romagna. This sauce is also used to make lasagne alla Bolognese. There are as many version of this dish as they are chefs.  This is one of our favorite that my nephew, Timothy, prepared for us and I have been making since.

I usually prepare it in the morning and let it rest before dinner.  It perfectly saves in the freezer, so do not be afraid to freeze the unused portion for another night during a busy school night.

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Nutrition Facts
Ragu alla Bolognese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 100mg4%
Potassium 460mg13%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 1350IU27%
Vitamin C 1.5mg2%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Ragu alla Bolognese

  • 1 hr 45 mins total
  • 15 mins prep
  • 1 hr 30 mins cook
  • serves 8 people


Original recipe yields 8 servings

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  • 1 pound ground beef (15% fat)
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup red wine + more if needed it
  • 1 carrot, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 garlic, peeled and hard end removed
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 ounce porcini mushrooms
  • 4 cups canned San Marzano Italian plum tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste


  1. In a heavy large enamel cast iron pot heat the olive oil, butter and the garlic over medium heat. Once the garlic is brown, but not burned, remove and discard.

  2. Add the onions and carrots and mix well. When the onions are translucent add the meats (beef, veal and pork) and separate well with the back of a wooden spoon. Add the tomato paste and mix well.

    Cook the meats until all the liquid is evaporate. 

  3. Add the bay leaves, red wine, chopped porcini mushrooms, half of the strained mushrooms liquid. Mix well.

  4. Add the tomatoes, salt, pepper and sugar. Mix well, lower the heat to simmer, cover and cook stirring occasionally for 1 hour to 1 ½ hour. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking. Add more wine if too dry. Cook uncover for another 30 minutes.

  5. Remove the bay leaves before serving. 


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Comments (2) Post a Reply

  1. Phyllis Washington says:

    I want to let my children try this spin on pasta night… thanks

    1. Giangi Townsend says:

      I am sure they will love it as much as my son does it.
      Fun and tasty!!

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