Authentic Rigatoni Bolognese

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr

If you like real, down home, Italian cooking -- then you'll love this recipe. It's a traditional pasta dish, just like grandma used to make. The Bolognese sauce can be made and frozen for use throughout the month. Feel free to double this recipe as written, but reduce the wine to 3 cups total.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Put the olive oil into a pan. Add the chopped veggies and saute until the celery softens.
  2. Add ground beef or veal and saute until meat browns.
  3. Add your favorite red wine (the alcohol will be absorbed during cooking process).
  4. Add the crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper to taste and allow this to simmer over low heat for at least an hour until sauce thickens.
  5. Boil rigatoni in hot, salted water.
  6. To plate the dish, put the rigatoni in a bowl, pour some sauce on top and garnish with some fresh parsley.
Most Helpful

The kids and I really loved this one!

**Angie** December 09, 2009

I thought this was a pretty good dish. I halved the recipe, but still felt I needed a full 29 ounce can of tomatoes to make the dish have enough tomato flavour. I've never had carrots in a pasta sauce before and it made for a nice change. Made for Australia/New Zealand swap April '08.

Scarlett516 April 23, 2008

This is a great recipe. I have been making it the same way for years, we serve it with a scoop of Ricotta cheese on top. SOOO GOOD!

What I didn't learn from MOM April 02, 2008