Spaghetti Bolognese

I had a craving for a bolognese sauce.
It had been a while since I made a big pot of this favourite sauce.
Monday night’s dinner was Shepherds Pie. 
 I bought enough ground sirloin to also make a big pot of Bolognese.
 It simmered most of the day.  
The house smelled wonderful.

Bolognese Sauce


Olive oil

1-1/2 pounds lean ground steak or use 1/2 lean beef and 1/2 ground pork

1 onion, chopped

2 stalks of celery, finely chopped

2 to 4 cloves garlic minced
1/4 cup chopped Italian Parsley

2 or more Tablespoons dried basil

1 tablespoon teaspoon dried oregano

Rosemary, and fennel seed (Optional)
Pinch of hot red pepper flakes

1/2 white wine
1/2 cup cream or milk (Optional)
1 cup beef or chicken broth

2 to 3 large cans chopped tomatoes

Salt and pepper

Optional: If you have a rind from a Parmesan cheese add it to the pot to simmer along with the sauce. Really enriches the sauce.

Saute chopped onions and celery in olive oil until softened.  Add
minced garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the meat and saute until no
longer pink.

(Add cream/milk if using it and simmer until it has evaporated)   Add
1/2 cup white wine and simmer until wine has evaporated. Add the dried
herbs and fresh parsley. Coarsely puree tomatoes and add to the pot. 
Add chicken broth and simmer for at least 2 hours on low heat.

Serve over spaghetti with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

NOTE:  You can also add the cream at the end rather than at the
beginning. Makes for a richer sauce.

The purpose of adding it early is that it is suppose to tenderize the

5 Comments Add yours

  1. deb says:

    Sounds perfect!

  2. This spaghetti looks lovely, my bf loves ground beef, and I am sure he will love this sauce :-). I think this recipe deserves an award!So I am passing your way a whole bunch of food blogging awards, which you can pick here: a delicious day, from your neighbor from the West Coast of Canada, where it's finally sunny 🙂

  3. Thanks Deb.Cooking Rookie, Thank you for your recent invitation to your great new site – RecipeNewZ. Enjoy the sun, apparently it is going to be short lived. At least it is here on the Island.~Ann

  4. Unknown says:

    Do you simmer the sauce covered for 2 hours? Thanks, looks amazing!!

  5. Yes, for at least two hours. ~Ann

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