Robbie’s Inspiration – recipes from around the world: Italian bolognese sauce

I do like Italian Bolognese sauce and I’ve made a few. This recipe is the result of my learnings and has a good balance of tomato flavour. You can make it using any type of minced meat you want and it will still taste very flavorful. It is best served with spaghetti.


1 large onion, peeled and chopped,

3 large carrots, peeled and grated

4 celery fingers, chopped

2 x 125 ml red wine

1 kilogram beef minced meat

690 ml Italian tomato puree

1 tin peeled cherry tomatoes

1 tin diced tomatoes

60 grams tomato paste

Salt and pepper to taste

Olive oil


Heat the olive oil in a pot and add the onion. Cook the onion for about 5 minutes until transparent. Add the grated carrots and celery and cook for a further 5 minutes. Add 125 ml of red wine and cook for 10 minutes. Add the minced meat and allow to brow for about 15 minutes. Break the meat up and stir to ensure it browns evenly. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add the rest of the red wine and cook for a further 10 minutes. Add the tomato purée. Diced tomatoes, baby tomatoes, and tomato paste, crush the baby tomatoes as you combine everything. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. If the liquid boils away, add 125 ml of boiling water.

Add 1 liter of chicken stock and continue to simmer for at least 2 hours or until the sauce is thick. Serve with spaghetti.


52 thoughts on “Robbie’s Inspiration – recipes from around the world: Italian bolognese sauce

  1. Lovely Robbie, I am making a Bolognese tomorrow, and if I have no ready made sauce I often use a tin of tomatoes and puree to make fresh… and add a few skinned greenhouse tomatoes in too, Sadly we have used up all our greenhouse tomatoes now…
    Thank you for sharing Robbie…. Love your sauce recipe.. 🙂

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  2. I love Bolognese and your recipe looks very
    much like mine. I do use ground turkey and also add 4oz pancetta which is browned with the turkey. When ready to serve I add one and a half tablespoons of butter to the sauce before serving.

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  3. Did you know that Bolognese sauce is not Italian? You won’t find it in Bologna. Italians make a ragu based on the ingredients from where they live and each one is very different. I also use carrots when making a pasta sauce with minced meat. And basically the same ingredients you have used but with the addition of beef stock and a splash of balsamic at the end.

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    1. HI Tandy, that sounds very nice. It does not surprise me that this sauce doesn’t emanate from Italy. After all, tomatoes were introduced to Europe from South America. Even potatoes are not native to Ireland and yet, for many people, potatoes and the Irish are synonymous.

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      1. I doubt there will be much difference in taste, but if you try it, I’d love to know how you think it compares. I’m always trying new recipes, too. (I’m especially fond of soups. My sister sends me new soup recipes all the time.)

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      2. I’ve only posted three or four of long-time family favorites, but as I try the recipes she’s sent me (and then tweak them to suit my family), I’ll post more. So nice to find another soup fan! Can you believe my mother has never in her life made a pot of soup? My sister and I frequently are boggled by that fact.

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      3. I am quite surprised your mother never made soup, I thought everyone made soup. My mom used to make it often and I make it every week during the winter. I love soup on a cold day. I’ll keep an eye out for your recipe posts.

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      4. Mom doesn’t really enjoy cooking. My sister and I joke that she didn’t get that gene. The rest of us did. My grandmother made delicious soup. I make it often, even in summer months. I had a fruit soup on a cruise once that was delicious. I’m thinking of trying a recipe or two this summer.

        I don’t really post my recipes. They’re accessed through my menu bar if you ever want to check them out. But other than the cookie exchange, I don’t really announce adding another to the list. I just update the master page with new ones every so often, no fanfare.

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