Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce, it’s a very very special sauce. Perfect for your Holiday first course.

You’ll Need:

  • 3-tbs butter
  • 4-tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4-lb of pancetta diced really fine
  • 1-cup minced onion
  • 1-cup of whole milk
  • 1-cup minced carrot
  • 1-cup minced celery
  • 6-garlic cloves sliced
  • 1-lb ground beef
  • 1-lb ground pork
  • 1-cup dry red wine
  • 1-28 can whole Italian plum crushed by hand
  • 1-cup chicken stock
  • 2-bay leaves
  • Salt n Pepper to taste



  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot on a medium heat then add the pancetta and cook until the fat has rendered.
  2. Add the butter, onion, garlic, carrot, celery and sauté for 5-minutes.
  3. Raise the heat and add the beef, pork, a tsp of salt, 1/4 tsp pepper, brown the meat while breaking it up with a heavy spoon.
  4. Add the wine and scrape all the browned bits off the bottom and side of the pot, this is a very important step as there is a lot of flavor there, allow the wine to reduce in half .
  5. Next step is to add the milk and simmer, stir for a few minutes until it reduces by about half.
  6. Add the bay leaves, tomatoes with all the juice, chicken stock, tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper.
  7. Raise the heat and bring this to a boil, stir everything together.
  8. Reduce the heat to a simmer on a very low heat for one hour with the lid 3/4 of the way on, stir along the way.
  9. Remove the lid and continue to cook for 30 min on a low heat, stirring along the way.
  10. Remove the bay leaves.

Daniel Mancini