Honestly the best Bolognese sauce

Honestly the best Bolognese sauce


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About this recipe: This is my made up sauce based on years of cooking, professionally, as well as for the family! The kids say it's better than our fav Italian restaurant's version!

DebbieQ Wiltshire, England, UK

Serves: 8 

  • good olive oil
  • 2 rashers smoked bacon, chopped
  • 2 or 3 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 big handful chopped onion
  • 800g minced steak
  • 1 tin tomatoes
  • 2 or 3 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped (or garlic puree)
  • 1 good glass red wine
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 splash red wine vinegar
  • 2 or 3 teaspoons pesto
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 OXO® cube

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

  1. Add a good glug of olive oil (the greener the better!) to a frying pan and heat. Add bacon, celery and onion and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, till soft but not browned. Add a decent splash of water and simmer gently.
  2. Add mince, working your way through it to make sure it has turned light brown from pink.
  3. Add the tin of tomatoes, tomato puree, garlic puree, red wine, sugar, wine vinegar, pesto, oregano, and about half a pint of water. Crumble in the stock cube. Simmer over a low heat, gently bubbling. leave on for about half hour, occasionally stirring.


If you want a richer sauce, add more sugar or balsamic, a simple enough addition, but it makes a huge difference!
This can then be used just with spaghetti, linguine, made into a lasagne, cover and leave for the next day (the flavour intensifies) or it can be frozen.
Better the wine, the better the sauce, but any is better than none!

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Reviews (2)


Made this so many times, just amazing - 23 Oct 2016


Fabulous sauce! Didn't have pesto or red wine and only half quantity mince beef and it was still divine! Added just 2 tablespoons sugar! Divine! - 08 May 2014

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