Easy homemade Bolognese sauce which will save you money as you will never have to buy it in the grocery store ever again (alcohol-free).

by Jan Vasil

This easy homemade Bolognese sauce recipe is one of my favorite dishes. Once you will try it too, you will never want to search for another one. Ever! And God saves your hearth from buying a Bolognese sauce in the grocery store, yuck. It contains too many ingredients which are not needed, especially a lot of refined sugar.

And why I am so damn confident? Because this recipe always turns out well, each time it tastes delicious, and my family loves it 🙂 So do I 🙂 To make it at home you need few basic ingredients, a good quality minced meat, and around 30 minutes of your time. Also, I skipped the wine which makes this recipe very suitable for kids. The wine definitely adds a specific taste to the real Bolognese but in my opinion, it is not mandatory. Anyhow, you will feel the taste without the wine once you will make it by yourself. 🙂

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To read more information about the Bolognese sauce you can head down to the FAQ section.

If you would like to try my Marinara sauce you can see my recipe here.

Easy homemade Bolognese sauce which will save you money as you will never have to buy it in the grocery store ever again (alcohol-free).

Easy homemade Bolognese sauce

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Recipe by Jan Vasil Course: LunchCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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Easy homemade Bolognese sauce which will save you money as you will never have to buy it in the grocery store ever again (alcohol-free).

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  • 500ml tomato passata

  • 500g minced meat

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 3-4 shallots

  • 5cm piece of green celery

  • 2 medium carrots

  • 1 tablespoon tomato puree

  • salt


  • Peel and finely chop the shallots, peel and dice the carrots into smaller cubes, and chop the green celery.
  • Meanwhile, heat up a deeper saucepan and add the butter and olive oil. Add the shallots and roast for 3-4 minutes. Then add the carrots and cook for several minutes. Once the carrots are “medium done” add the chopped celery and cook for another 2-3 minutes.
  • Place in the minced meat, break up into smaller pieces and roast until it will turn brown from all the sides, then lower the heat to minimum and pour in the tomato passata and the tomato puree. Stir well.
  • Cook uncovered for 15 minutes. Season with salt to taste.
  • Serve with wholewheat spaghetti and grated Parmesan on top.
  • Enjoy 🙂


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What is actually Bolognese sauce?

Bolognese sauce is known in Italian as Ragu alla Bolognese is a meat-based sauce coming from Bologna.

What is the difference between Bolognese sauce and a spaghetti sauce.

Bolognese sauce is based on red meat and wine while the spaghetti sauce (or Marinara sauce) is based on tomatoes and herbs.

For how long is the original homemade Bolognese sauce cooked?

The original Bolognese sauce is cooked for at least 4 hours.

How do you thicken the Bolognese sauce?

There are few ways to thicken the Bolognese sauce. You can simmer it for very long time (t least 4 hours) on a low heat, or you can add 1-2 teaspoon of cornstarch into it. Although, both are effective I would always use the first one 🙂

Can you freeze homemade Bolognese sauce?

Yes, of course. Place your sauce in an airtight containers and keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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