Bolognese sauce is a meat based sauce that originated from Bologna, Italy. A classic bolognese usually consists of a mixture of meats, some pancetta, a soffrito of aromatic veggies, tomato, wine and milk or cream, it also requires many hours of simmering.
Over the years I found you can put together a darn good bolognese pretty quick and easy and in a little less than an hour.
One thing for sure, and is a must when making your bolognese is that you want to include these veggies, a soffrito of finely chopped carrots, celery and onions and sometimes I include finely chopped mushrooms, I eliminate the pancetta all together.
If you want to speed things up instead of chopping the veggies by hand just pull out your food processor and pulse them until they turn into a small dice.
For this quicker version I use only one meat and it’s usually a grass fed beef and when combined with everything else it creates a thick rich sauce with many layers of flavor, I can’t tell the difference if it was simmered for one or three hours, it’s that good!
Just about any pasta shape complements this meaty sauce, so just pick your favorite!
If you’re trying to watch your carb intake after all the holiday goodies, no problem, because it’s equally delicious on top of spaghetti squash, I actually love it that way.
You might want to double or triple the recipe because it freezes really well and it’s nice to have some tucked away in your freezer when comfort food is calling your name!
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- 1 lb. ground beef, preferably grass fed or sirloin
- 2 carrots, finely diced
- 2 stalks of celery, finely diced
- 1 medium onion, finely diced
- ¾ cup mushrooms, finely diced (optional)
- 3 cloves garlic, finely diced
- a pinch of red pepper flakes, (optional)
- ½ cup white wine
- ½ cup of whole milk
- 1 28 oz. can of ground tomatoes
- a few fresh basil leaves for added flavor
- 2 tablespoons each of butter and olive oil
- Dice up your vegetables into a fine dice either by hand or pulsed in your food processor.
- In a heated heavy bottomed pan add the butter and olive oil.
- Add all the veggies and garlic and cook until soft.
- Toss in the ground meat and cook until browned.
- Deglaze with the wine and let it evaporate.
- Pour in the milk and let it cook for a minute.
- Add the tomatoes plus salt and pepper to taste.
- Cook uncovered on a slow simmer stirring often.
- Should be done after 45 minutes or so.
- Serve with your favorite pasta or spaghetti squash.