September 2, 2022

Bolognese Sauce



When my kids were ages 3, 5, and 7, I struggled with having time to cook. My solution was to figure out how I could make the authentic Italian and French dishes I had been making for decades in less time- without sacrificing taste or quality. This bolognese recipe was one of my first experiences and has served us well for 13 years. So good I may never go back to the more complicated version. The most amazing time-saving hack in the recipe is how to mince the vegetables in seconds. And this tip will help you save time with many other recipes.  

  • Author: Caterina De Falco
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50-60 minutes



1-2 tbsp of olive oil

1 onion

3-4 cloves fresh garlic

1 stalk of celery

1 carrot

4-5 tbsp butter

1 pound of ground beef

1 pound ground pork or lamb or half of each

3-4 stripes of bacon

1 cup white wine

1/4 cup tomato paste

1 cup milk

Fresh parsley about 1/3 cup

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

1 pound tagliatelle pasta


1. Mince the onion, carrot, and celery. Tip- cut the carrots, onion, and celery into large chunks, and then place them one at a time in a mini food processor and pulse about 5-8 times. You will have perfectly minced vegetables in seconds, saving you a lot of time.   

2. Heat 1 tbsp of olive oil in a pan over medium heat

3. Sauté the onions, carrots, and celery until they soften and the onion is transparent

4. Dice the bacon into small pieces.

5. Add the bacon to the pan and sauté for two to three minutes. 

6. Add meat to the pan and saute for about 5 - 8 mins. Using a spatula to break up the pieces. 

7. Add wine, tomato paste, milk, butter, salt, and pepper.  

8. Let everything simmer for at least 20 minutes or until thickened.

Serve with tagliatelle pasta or pasta of your choice. Cook the pasta al dente for a more flavorful and easy to digest pasta. 

This bolognese sauce is even better the next day so you can make it ahead of time. Even better, if you make a batch and freeze it, you will have it on hand for easy last-minute dinners. And for a simple dinner idea for company. 


When you make bolognese sauce, make extra. Then freeze the bolognese sauce in plastic baggies or souper cube containers. Take it out to thaw in the refrigerator in the morning, or place it in a pan, cover it with a lid, and warm over medium heat. You can prepare dinner in the time it takes to cook pasta.  

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Many recipes I share have guidelines rather than exact measurements since I often cook "au pif" as we say in France, meaning by feel.
Your intuition is the magic touch to make something amazing. So read between the lines and make it yours   Write to me anytime if you have questions.

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