Thursday, September 27, 2012

Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Today I am giving you my Bolognese Sauce Recipe.  It is My husband's birthday on Saturday, and we are having some of his friends over for dinner.  I decided to make an easy meal, so that I would be able to spend time with everyone.  So for the next several days you are going to be seeing some of the recipes that I will be making for his special day.  On Sunday I will post pictures of the tables, the appetizers, the meal, and the cocktails.  I am pretty excited.  This is the 1st gathering that I will be showing all of you.

So here it is.  My Bolognese Sauce Recipe.  I hope that you enjoy it.

Bolognese Sauce 


2 28 oz cans tomato puree
2 28 oz cans crushed tomatoes
1 lb sweet Italian sausage cut into 1 inch pieces
1 lb ground beef
1 1/2 lbs veal shanks or short ribs
1 onion diced
5 cloves garlic
2 Tb Italian seasonings
2 TB parsley
1 1/2 tsp ground oregano
1 1/2 tsp basil
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp tarragon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
3 TB olive oil
2 TB sugar


Heat the olive oil over medium heat and add the onions.  Cook the onions until translucent, then add the garlic.  Cook for another minute or two.  Add all of the seasonings except the sugar, and just stir.

Next add all of the meat to the pan and continue to cook over medium to high heat to brown all of the meat.  You will need to continue turning the meat until it is all browned.

Next you will add all of the tomato puree and the crushed tomatoes and sugar.    Mix well.

Bring the sauce to a boil and then partially cover with a lid and reduce heat to either low or simmer depending on how hot your stove burns.  I keep mine at low for about an hour and then I turn it down to simmer.  

I cook this for 4 to 5 hours.  You want the short ribs or veal shanks to be falling apart.  

I serve it over spaghetti or rigatoni with Parmesan cheese on the side.

I am actually going to make this sauce into a rigatoni casserole.  I thought this would be an easy way to serve the pasta without having to be in the kitchen cooking.  

I hope that you like this recipe.  It is pretty simple and amazingly good.  I always love hearing from you, so send me your comments.

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  1. Not sure I'd have room for anything else, let alone the pasta, after just the sauce! Sounds delicious!

    1. Hi Isobel,
      Thanks so much. It is filling and really good.
      Have a great day.

  2. This sounds pretty good - I am going to have to try this one VERY soon. Thanks for sharing.

  3. We love Bolognese sauce, and often cook lots of it, and put it to freezer. That way I have to cook only pasta, and have home cooked meal in no time.
    I read lot's of recepies and I wonder why you in USA in all recepies for meat use sugar?

  4. Oh wow Debi, this looks fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!


  5. Yum Debi! That looks like one wonderful bolognese sauce!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  6. Debi, thank you for helping to get our Veal collection off to a good start. Cheers


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