Ragu Alla Bolognese

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

This is a traditional ragu bolognese sauce. Garlic and herbs aren't traditionally used and only a little tomato paste or a couple of tomatoes are usually added. Enjoy

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Melt butter in a large heavy based saucepan.
  2. Add bacon, onion, carrot and celery.
  3. Cook over low heat until vegetables are soft.
  4. Raise the heat and add the mince.
  5. Cook until brown.
  6. Add tomato paste and cook for 1 minute.
  7. Add wine and simmer for 1 minute.
  8. Add bay leaf and half the stock.
  9. When stock has been absorbed add remaining stock and milk.
  10. Season well.
  11. Simmer covered for 2 1/2- 3 hours.
  12. If using liver stir in now and simmer another couple of minutes.
  13. Toss through spahetti and serve with parmesan cheese.


Most Helpful

Thank you, thank you, Terese!! I have been looking for this recipe for years. When I was in Ireland back in 1984, I began to get homesick for American food. In a little pub in Dublin, I spotted "spaghetti" on the menu. It was tasty, but different, and when I read your recipe, I thought "maybe" and it WAS! The only thing I changed was to use lean ground pork in place of the veal, and it was very hard to leave garlic out, but I did it! I simmered this for almost 5 hours and it was so tasty, and just like I remembered from Ireland - thanks, again!

KeyWee September 15, 2003

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