Bolognese sauce (Ragù)

Bolognese is a traditional Italian pasta sauce originating from the city of Bologna.

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bolognese sauce or ragù
Recipe AuthorAlice Cameron
Date25 June 2019
People12
MachineManual Mode
Preparation time 10 Minutes
Cooking time 2 Hours 25 Minutes
Total time 2 Hours 35 Minutes
Cooking typesHob recipes
Cooking typesSlow cook recipes
Recipe typesMeat recipes
Recipe typesSauce recipes

Bolognese sauce is a classic Italian recipe which incredibly popular in the UK. Know in Italy as ‘ragu’ alla Bolognese’, it is traditionally served with flat pasta like tagliatelle and pappardelle or fettuccine, or tube shapes, like rigatoni and penne. Outside of Italy, it’s commonly served with spaghetti.

A good bolognese sauce is cooked slowly allowing the flavours to fully develop. The ingredients vary but traditionally bolognese has finely chopped onion, celery and carrot, meat usually beef or beef and pork and a tomato sauce.

Other recipes less traditional recipes include ingredients such as mushrooms or lentils.

Bolognese is really easy to make and it’s delicious! We have tried to make the original recipe as healthy as possible by minimising the oil and using more vegetables!

Simply add the pasta of your choice and serve or alternatively, you can use it to make lasagna!

Ingredient list

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Onion 140glarge
Carrots 70gmedium
Celery 70gmedium
Beef 700gminced
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Passata 700g
Tomato purée 1TBSP (UK)
Salt 0to taste

Step nr: 1 - Chop carrots, onions and celery

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Ingredient list for step nr: 1

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Onion 140gram
Carrots 70gram
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Celery 70gram
Preparation time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes

Finely chop onions, carrots and the celery.

Step nr: 2 - Stir vegetables

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Ingredient list for step nr: 2

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1tablespoon (UK)
Cooking time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes
Temperature120 Degrees Celsius

Add the oil to a large saucepan and heat over a medium heat. Add the vegetables and fry until soft, stirring continuously.

Step nr: 3 - Brown beef

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Ingredient list for step nr: 3

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Beef 700gram
Cooking time 10 Minutes
Total time 10 Minutes
Temperature120 Degrees Celsius

Add the minced beef and stir until it has evenly browned.

Step nr: 4 - Add white wine

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Ingredient list for step nr: 4

IngredientQtaUMNotes
White wine 200milliliter
Cooking time 5 Minutes
Total time 5 Minutes
Temperature120 Degrees Celsius

Add the white wine and reduce.

Step nr: 5 - Add passata and cook

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Ingredient list for step nr: 5

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Passata 700gram
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Tomato purée 1tablespoon (UK)
Cooking time 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Total time 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Temperature80 Degrees Celsius

Add the passata and the tomato puree, stir and leave to cook with the lid on.

Step nr: 6 - Add sugar

Ingredient list for step nr: 6

IngredientQtaUMNotes
Salt 0to taste
IngredientQtaUMNotes
Granulated sugar 1teaspoon (UK)
Cooking time 15 Minutes
Total time 15 Minutes
Temperature80 Degrees Celsius

Add the sugar and season with salt and then continue cooking with the lid on.

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