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    Classic Bolognese Sauce (A.K.A. Ragu)

    Classic Bolognese Sauce (A.K.A. Ragu). Photo by Susan G. Oakton

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    8 hrs 10 mins

    10 mins

    8 hrs

    CountryLady's Note:

    The saying "good things come to those who wait" certainly applies to this recipe that I got from my Italian sister-in-law!! It goes well with most types of pasta (tortellini, rigatoni, etc.)and is perfect for lasagna or any other baked dish.

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    1. 1
      In order to prevent the ragu from reducing too quickly, use the heaviest, deepest pot that you own.
    2. 2
      Melt butter& oil and saute onion& garlic over medium heat until just translucent.
    3. 3
      Add celery& carrot and cook gently for about 2 minutes.
    4. 4
      Add the ground beef, crumbling it in the pot with a fork.
    5. 5
      Stir in salt.
    6. 6
      Cook only until the meat loses its raw, red colour.
    7. 7
      Add the wine, turn heat up to medium high and cook, stirring occasionally, until all the wine evaporates (1/2 hour to 45 minutes).
    8. 8
      Turn the heat down to medium, add the milk& nutmeg and cook, stirring frequently, until all the milk evaporates (1/2 hour TO 45 minutes).
    9. 9
      Add oregano, pepper& tomatoes and stir thoroughly.
    10. 10
      When the tomatoes have started to boil, turn the heat down until the sauce cooks at the laziest simmer- just the occasional bubble.
    11. 11
      Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for at least 4 hours (5 hours is better).
    12. 12
      If you can't watch the sauce for such a long stretch, you can interrupt this simmering time- but DO complete it in the same day!

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 13, 2010


      Excellent. I've toyed with a couple of the ingredients here and there (i.e. i add a LOT of garlic - I love garlic!) and I use it in my lasagna.

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    • on September 08, 2006


      I have this exact recipe and serve it over fresh pasta, it is absoultley the BEST!!!!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Classic Bolognese Sauce (A.K.A. Ragu)

    Serving Size: 1 (1828 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 667.8
    Calories from Fat 380
    Total Fat 42.2 g
    Saturated Fat 16.3 g
    Cholesterol 134.5 mg
    Sodium 1067.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 23.6 g
    Dietary Fiber 5.2 g
    Sugars 10.2 g
    Protein 34.8 g

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