4.5 from 2 votes
The Very Best Bolognese Sauce
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time
3 hrs

An Italian classic, the BEST Bolognese Sauce recipe ever made!

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: bolognese sauce
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 496 kcal
Author: Kellie
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lb ground veal
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb sweet italian sausage casing removed
  • 2 medium Vidalia onions or other sweet onion diced
  • 1 cup of finely diced carrots
  • 5 garlic cloves minced
  • 4 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 cup red wine I used Chianti
  • 2 28 ounce cans fire roasted crushed tomatoes You can use regular but try to use fire roasted if available, I love Muir Glen!
  • 2 28 ounce cans pureed tomatoes
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 3 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. In a large, heavy dutch oven or stock pot, heat olive oil over med/high heat. Add the ground veal being careful not to crowd the pot. Cook over med/high heat until browned and remove with a slotted spoon to a large bowl. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the fat, add the beef to the pot and cook until browned. Remove with slotted spoon and add to the bowl with the veal. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of fat and repeat with the pork. Drain all the fat and brown the sausage. Remove the sausage with the spoon and add to the meat mixture. Do not drain the fat.
  2. Add the diced onions and carrots to the pot and cook until the onions are translucent and softened stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and oregano, continue to cook for about 1-2 minutes. Add the wine to the pot and scrape any brown bits left on the bottom, stir and let the wine cook down for approximately 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the meat mixture to the onions and stir to combine. Add all four cans of tomatoes and stir thoroughly. Stir in the parsley, basil, sugar, salt and pepper. Turn the heat down to low and simmer for approximately 2-3 hours stirring occasionally. Before serving, taste the sauce for seasoning....since this is a large recipe you may need to adjust the sugar, salt and pepper to suit your taste.
Recipe Notes

Bolognese sauce can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Bolognese Sauce
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 113mg38%
Sodium 554mg24%
Potassium 997mg28%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 2225IU45%
Vitamin C 19.1mg23%
Calcium 120mg12%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.