The Best Bolognese Sauce 

 March 21, 2020

Written By Kristina

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One of my all-time favorite comfort food recipes! As it simmers for hours, this sauce will fill your home with a true Italian aroma that will have the neighbors busting down your door. It's perfect for when you have some time at home, because it doesn't take long to prepare, but needs to simmer for a few hours to become the perfect sauce. You just need to occasionally stir it and sneak a taste to see how it's coming along.  

Great for meal prepping, as it is even better a day or two later. 

Prep. time: 20 minutes 
Total time: 
6 hours
4-6 people

What You'll Need

  • 400 grams ground beef/pork mix
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 ⅓ cups dry white wine
  • 1 ⅓ cups whole milk
  • 1 large yellow onion
  • 2 large carrots, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  •  whole nutmeg
  •  1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • freshly ground pepper/salt
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  •  2 tablespoons butter
  •  freshly grated parmesan and basil (to garnish)


1.  Heat vegetable oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat.

2.  Add onions and stir while cooking, until translucent. About 5 minutes. 

3. Add chopped celery and carrot, continue cooking and stirring another 5 minutes.

4.  Add ground meat and break apart, mixing everything together and cooking until meat is no longer pink. Add a healthy portion of salt. 

5.  Now add the milk and stir. Lower the heat and allow to simmer, uncovered, for about 1 hour, until milk is evaporated. Stir occasionally.

6.  Add the wine, and grind 1/4 tsp. nutmeg into the pot. Add dried oregano, basil, bay leaf, and some freshly ground pepper. Allow to simmer, uncovered, for another 1.5 hours, stirring every 20 minutes or so until the wine has cooked off. 

7.  Lastly, add your canned tomatoes, stir everything together, and simmer on a very low temp for another 2 hours (at least). Stir occasionally, until your sauce has thickened nicely. Taste and add salt and pepper to your liking.

Serve hot over cooked pasta of choice, and top with freshly grated parmesan and basil. 

This sauce is surprisingly better the next day! It can be kept in the fridge in a sealed container and used throughout the week. Personally, I enjoy it as quick snack, warmed up, all by itself. 

Cheers & Eat Well,


About the author

Kristina is a world-traveling foodie whose mission is to explore and recreate the most delicious cuisine. While still an avid traveler, Kristina has taken culinary refuge in the great country of the Czech Republic. When she isn't nannying or exploring the beautiful city of Prague, she's sharing her favorite recipes on the web.

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  1. I've searched high and low for the perfect bolognese recipe for years and I think this is it!!! Thanks.. and My #1 city I MUST visit is Prague!!!

    1. Hey Al,

      My sister is going to be so pumped to hear this 🙂 Thank you for taking the time to express those kind words.

      Prague is amazing! Just spent 3 months there and worked at several breweries. Counting the days until I can go back. If you ever end up going, give us a shout and my sister and I can point you in the direction of some amazing food spots.



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