When it comes to comfort food, nothing beats a hearty bowl of bolognese sauce. It's not just a classic Italian dish--it's a versatile base for all sorts of delicious recipes.
We've gathered 15 of the best bolognese sauce recipes to get you through the week. We've got instant pot recipes, slow cooker recipes, and a few healthier versions.
Get creative in the kitchen and enjoy the best bolognese sauce recipes for your next meal.
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Bolognese Meat Sauce
Ragù, as the Bolognese call their celebrated meat sauce, is characterized by mellow, gentle, comfortable flavor that any cook can achieve by being careful about a few basic points: The meat should not be from too lean a cut; the more marbled it is, the sweeter the ragù will be. The most desirable cu...
This rich and hearty Instant Pot Bolognese sauce is made with red wine and served over spaghetti or your favorite pasta. This is a great freezer-friendly recipe that is perfect for a meal prep and easily comes together in 1 hour in a pressure cooker.
Indulge in this rich and flavorful Bolognese sauce, made from marbled ground beef, fresh vegetables, and savory seasonings. Served over pasta and topped with freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano, it's the ultimate comfort food.
In a heavy-bottomed pot or enameled cast-iron pan, heat vegetable oil and 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter over medium heat. Add chopped onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent.
Add chopped celery and carrot, and cook for 2 minutes, stirring to coat the vegetables.
Add marbled ground beef chuck to the pot along with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Crumble and stir the meat until it's browned and no longer pink.
Pour in whole milk and let it simmer gently, stirring frequently, until completely absorbed by the meat.
Stir in ground nutmeg.
Add dry white wine and let it simmer until evaporated. Then, add diced canned plum tomatoes along with their juice and mix well.
Reduce heat to low and let the sauce simmer gently, uncovered, for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. If the sauce starts to dry out, add 1/2 cup of water as needed, making sure no water remains at the end and the fat separates from the sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed.
Cook pasta according to package instructions, reserve 1/4 cup of pasta water, and drain. Toss pasta with the Bolognese sauce, remaining tablespoon of butter, and a splash of reserved pasta water if needed. Serve with freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano.