Authentic Bolognese Sauce

The Free Spirited Woman


Bolognese is the Italian name for what American's would consider a basic meat and tomato sauce.  However, an authentic bolognese is so much more; meaty, yet with a more delicate, aromatic, creamy and subtle flavor.  This dish has become one of my favorites to serve family and guests!


  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 large yellow onion (finely diced)
  • 2 large celery stalks (finely diced)
  • 4 cloves garlic (very finely diced)
  • 4.5 oz pancetta (diced to 1/4" cubes)
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2 1/2 lbs ground meat (veal, pork and beef or all beef)
  • 1 cup dry white wine (like a chardonnay)
  • 2 cups milk (I prefer whole milk)
  • 28 oz San Marzano tomatoes (canned, both liquid and tomatoes, diced)
  • 1 cup beef stock (have extra on hand to add later)
  • 2 knobs butter
  • parmigiano-reggiano


  1. Heat the butter and olive oil together in a large saucepan over medium heat. I'm partial to a large Le Creuset dutch oven for this...
  2. Get the full instructions at The Free Spirited Woman
Authentic Bolognese Sauce

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