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Ragu alla Bolognese

Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword beef, ragu, tomato sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 8 people
Calories 346 kcal


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

Nutrition Facts
Ragu alla Bolognese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 346 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 24g 37%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 87mg 29%
Sodium 100mg 4%
Potassium 460mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 1g
Protein 20g 40%
Vitamin A 27%
Vitamin C 1.8%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 10.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.