Traditional Bolognese Sauce with Ground Beef and Pork
Traditional bolognese sauce is a labor of love. Made low and slow with layers of ground beef and pork, carrots and celery and a splash of milk for creaminess.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 10 mins
Servings: 8 servings
- 2 carrots peeled and roughly chopped
- 1 small white onion roughly chopped
- 2 stalks of celery roughly chopped
- Olive oil for drizzling
- 3 garlic cloves chopped finely
- 1 pound ground pork
- 1 pound ground beef
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes or more for added heat
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/2 cup red wine
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2- 32 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- 1 small Parmesan rind
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 pound linguini
- Freshly grated Parmesan for garnish
Start by making the mirepoix by adding chopped carrots, onion and celery to a food processor and pulse until very finely chopped.
Heat a large dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat and drizzle with olive oil. Add the chopped vegetables and cook for 3-5 minutes until the vegetables release some water and soften.
Add in the chopped garlic and continue cooking for 1 more minute until the garlic softens and just turns a light golden brown.
Add in the ground meets and use a spatula to break up the meat and cook for about 5-7 minutes until mostly cooked through, It's OK if there are some under-cooked parts. Stir in dried oregano and red pepper.
Make a well in the center of the pot, moving the meat to the sides and pour in the milk. Cook until milk reduces, about 3-5 minutes making sure it doesn't burn. You may need stir in some of the meat so milk doesn't burn.
Next, pour in wine and allow to reduce for 2-3 minutes and add in tomato paste. Stir everything to combine and add crushed tomatoes, Parmesan rind and a good sprinkle of salt and pepper.
Give one final stir and bring sauce to a gentle boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce to a simmer and place a lid on, leaving a small opening.
Simmer bolognese sauce for at least 1 hour and longer, if you have the time, up to 3 hours. COntinue stirring the sauce, making sure nothing is sticking to the bottom.
Once done, mix some of the sauce with cooked pasta and toss to combine.
Garnish with exyta grating of Parmesan cheese and fresh herbs.
Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 295mg | Potassium: 1022mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2975IU | Vitamin C: 14.6mg | Calcium: 142mg | Iron: 4.8mg