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A Bolognese sauce is a hearty Italian meat sauce of ground beef, tomatoes, onions, cream, garlic, and other seasonings that's typically served over pasta.  This easy version features canned tomatoes and a ground beef-and-pork mixture.

Jane Kirby
Recipe by Real Simple March 2004


Credit: Susie Cushner

Recipe Summary

Makes 3 quarts


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large skillet, combine the onion, celery, carrot, and olive oil and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the meat and cook, stirring frequently, until it loses its pink color. Add the milk. Increase heat to high and cook until the milk has evaporated. Transfer the mixture to 4- to 6-quart heavy casserole. Return the skillet to the heat and add the tomato paste; cook over low heat to reduce its bitterness, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato paste to the casserole, along with the tomatoes, salt, and nutmeg. Cook the sauce over low heat, uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours. Stir frequently.


Nutrition Facts

calcium 69mg; 101 calories; carbohydrates 7g; cholesterol 22mg; fat 5g; fiber 1g; iron 1mg; protein 7mg; saturated fat 2g; sodium 683mg.