Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce

According to my friend Mike Puma at Gotham Burger Social Club, he claims that the original recipe for bolognese sauce did not contain tomato sauce, but tomato paste. I did not take the time to research it, but as a fellow Italian who probably did, I am going to take his word for it. Even if not, this is a fantastic recipe worthy of trying. It is not hard, and only takes very little patience. Please don’t think this is a recipe you can have prepared within an hour or so.  Give it the full time and attention it needs to cook correctly.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine (optional)
  • 2 cups whole milk (lactose free milk will not work here)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 bay leaves

METHOD (this is going to take about an hour of prep time, which includes cooking the meat, vegetables, and reducing the sauce 3-4 times, then another 2-3 hours of cooking time, so plan ahead!)

  1. Cook the beef first, it does not have to be brown throughout, remember, this is going to cook for cook for 2-3 hours.
  2. Add finely chopped vegetables, cook until softened.
  3. Add in a tablespoon of butter, stir in, allow to cook another couple minutes.
  4. Add in 1 can of tomato paste (6 ounce can) and stir until it’s all dissolved and mixed in well.
  5. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. If you are going to use white wine, now is the time to add it and allow the alcohol to cook off, about 5 minutes.
  7. Add in 1 cup whole milk, cook until the sauce is reduced.
  8. Once reduced, add in another cup of whole milk.
  9. When it reduces again, there should not be a lot of liquid, once it is mostly meat, add in 1 cup of beef broth.
  10. Allow to cook, uncovered, for at least 2 hours. Take a clean spoon, taste, adjust seasoning (salt) and see if the meat is tender enough to chew.
  11. Serve over rigatoni or your favorite pasta and save the rest for another dish like leftovers, lasagna, etc.


Author: raveniteclub