Bolognese Meat Sauce

Bolognese Meat Sauce


Bolognese Meat Sauce

A delicious meat sauce to serve with pasta. Normally made with minced beef, but you can change the meat to your favourite.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 12 oz minced beef
  • 5 fl.oz red wine
  • 14 oz tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 20 fl.oz passata


  • Heat butter and oil in a heavy saucepan. Add the onions and cook gently for 3-4 minutes
  • Stir in garlic. cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add beef to onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until all the beef is brown. 
  • Add wine, raise the heat and wait for the wine to evaporate.
  • Stir in tomatoes and passata. Add herbs. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning to your taste.


This recipe is great to cook ahead of time, the flavour improves if left for a couple of days. It also freezes well. 
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