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Ragu alla Bolognese

Course Pasta
Cuisine Italian
Keyword beef, bolognese ragu, meat ragu, ragu, ragu alla bolognese, tomato ragu, tomato sauce, tomato sauce with meat
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


  1. In a heavy large enamel cast iron pot heat the olive oil, butter, and 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 evaporated. 

  3. Add the bay leaves, red wine, chopped porcini mushrooms, and 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 for 1 hour to 1 ½ hours. Stir occasionally. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to your liking. Add more wine if too dry. Cook uncovered 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*
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.