Bolognese Sauce


A simple Bolognese recipe for excellent chunky pasta sauce with beef, pork, lots of vegetables, and tons of flavor.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 large onion, minced

  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • ½ pound ground pork

  • 1 (28 ounce) can Italian plum tomatoes

  • ½ pound fresh mushrooms, sliced

  • 6 ounces tomato sauce

  • 2 carrots, shredded

  • 1 stalk celery, chopped

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup chicken stock

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 1 pound pasta


  1. Warm oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Sauté onion, bacon, and garlic in hot oil until bacon is browned and crisp, about 10 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer bacon mixture to a paper towel-lined plate to drain; set aside.

  2. Place the same large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef and pork in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  3. Stir bacon mixture, tomatoes, mushrooms, tomato sauce, carrots, celery, wine, stock, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper into meat mixture. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer sauce for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

  4. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook in boiling water until al dente, 8 to 10 minutes; drain.

  5. Serve sauce over hot pasta.

    close up view of Bolognese Sauce with pasta in a white bowl, with a fork
    Allrecipes Magazine


You may substitute 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil for dried basil.

Any leftover sauce may be frozen for later.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

472 Calories
20g Fat
47g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 9
Calories 472
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 20g 25%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 463mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 13mg 67%
Calcium 51mg 4%
Iron 4mg 23%
Potassium 574mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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