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Bolognese Sauce with Pasta Recipe

Bolognese Sauce with Pasta Recipe is a traditional red sauce from Italy it is enjoyed on a variety of pasta noodles. Of course, nothing says Italian like traditional red sauce and pasta! Today’s bolognese sauce is made with onion, garlic, crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, red wine, and a bit of cream to finish it off! Mama Mia. I have loved bringing travel and international recipes together in our Culinary Journey around the World! For the past several years we’ve been inspiring you with our love of International cuisines, travels, and recipes too! 

Bolognese Sauce Recipe is a traditional red sauce from Italy that’s enjoyed on a variety of noodles! by

Love the best of Italian cooking with our Bolognese Sauce with Pasta Recipe

Bolognese Sauce with Pasta Recipe reminds me of the times in the past that I’ve been in Italy. As the aromas fill my kitchen and my home- I dream of being there one day again. If you’d like to make your own Homemade Italian Pasta Noodles Recipe its so simple to make and fun too! Currently I am still in Greece which is not too far away from southern Italy, actually. It interesting to see the influences that Greece has in the neighboring countries. There is so much that is similar in architecture and design but not really much in the food as they are wonderfully distinct. AND I love them all! You can see more of my Culinary Journey around the World recipes and travels by clicking the link. Buon Appetitó!

Bolognese Sauce Recipe is a traditional red sauce from Italy that’s enjoyed on a variety of noodles! by

Ingredients for our Bolognese Sauce with Pasta Recipe

As they say the secret is all in the sauce! Our Meatless Bolognese Sauce is simple to make and that secret?? It’s in the long simmer time! It’s a must in any good Italian red sauce so be sure to plan for at least a 2-hour simmer time on the stove.  It makes the whole house smell amazing too!

  • 90% Ground Beef- Ground beef is a good source of protein, providing 24 grams per serving. Beef is a great source of carnitine, zinc, selenium, iron, and B vitamins.
  • Onions- Onions not only provide flavor, they also provide important nutrients and health-promoting phytochemicals. High in vitamin C, onions are a good source of dietary fiber, and folic acid. They also contain calcium, iron, and have a high protein quality (ratio of mg amino acid/gram protein).
  • Garlic- Garlic fights all types of infections—fungal, bacterial, parasitic, and viral—regulates blood sugar, lowers blood pressure, and lowers cholesterol, used widely as a flavoring in cooking, but it has also been used as a medicine throughout ancient and modern history.
  • Red Wine- Research suggests that drinking an occasional glass of red wine is good for you. It provides antioxidants, may promote longevity, and can help protect against heart disease and harmful inflammation, among other benefits. Interestingly, red wine likely has higher levels of antioxidants than white wine
  • Tomatoes- antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. They are also a great source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K.
  • Basil- is an excellent source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It’s also a good source of calcium, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids. 
  • Parmesan Cheese- Parmesan cheese is a good source of protein and fat. It’s rich in vitamins and minerals like calcium, vitamin A, vitamins B6 and B12, phosphorus, zinc, and copper.
  • Oregano- leaves of the oregano plant have antispasmodic, antiseptic, carminative, diaphoretic, increase bile secretion, expectorant and stimulant. Oregano has been found to have antibacterial, antifungal and antiseptic activities.
  • Olive Oil- is widely recognized as one of the world’s healthiest oils. In fact, people tend to live longer and healthier lives in regions where olive oil is a staple part. It is rich in healthy monounsaturated fats, contains large amounts of antioxidants, strong anti-inflammatory properties, may help prevent strokes, protective against heart disease.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream- is high in calories and must contain at least 36% fat. It’s rich in nutrients, such as vitamin A, choline, calcium, and phosphorus.

Enjoy our Bolognese Sauce Recipe and these Italian recipes too!

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• Pasta and Red Sauce, Basil Chicken with Caramelized Parsnips and Onions

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Bolognese Sauce Recipe is a traditional red sauce from Italy that’s enjoyed on a variety of noodles! by

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Bolognese Sauce with Pasta Recipe

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Bolognese Sauce with Pasta Recipe is a traditional red sauce from Italy it is enjoyed on a variety of pasta noodles!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 pounds ground beef or pork (combination is nice too)
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (I use cabernet)
  • 3 14.5oz whole peeled italian tomatoes
  • 2 6oz tomato sauce or puree
  • 2 tablespoons agave
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons dried oregano
  • 1.5 tablespoons red wine vinegar, to taste
  • 1 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoons pepper
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano leaves, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup parmesano reggianno, shredded
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8-10 servings pasta prepared according to package directions


  1. In a large heavy bottom stock pot caramelize onions in olive oil until brown in color and aromatic.
  2. Add 1/4 cup red wine, de-glaze pan (scrape up bits from bottom of pan)Add garlic and cook 2-3 minutes, de-glaze pan with remaining wine.
  3. Add ground meat and sauté until cooked through, drain excess fat.
  4. Add whole tomatoes and tomato sauce, dried herbs, stir.
  5. Gently simmer for approximately 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  6. During the last 10 minutes:
  7. Add vinegar, salt and pepper to marinara sauce.
  8. Add cream, fresh herbs, cheese; stir to combine.
  9. Bring to simmer and just before serving finish with 1 tablespoon butter; stirring to incorporate.
  10. Serve over cooked pasta of choice.
  11. Garnish with additional shredded parmesano reggianno.
  12. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 615Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 541mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 6gSugar: 9gProtein: 37g

Bring Italy to your table with our Bolognese Sauce with Pasta Recipe! Buon Appetito!

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