Total Time
3hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 3 hrs

this is one of our favorite meat sauces although it is a bit of work. this works well with campanelle or penne to catch the sauce

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. in a large heavy pot heat oil and butter.
  2. add onions, celery, carrots, garlic and cook until vegetables are translucent.
  3. add the meats and stir, cooking until no longer pink 10-15 minutes.
  4. drain excess fat from pan and return to heat.
  5. add milk and cook until almost dry, about 10 minutes.
  6. add tomatoes and herbs and simmer about 15 minutes.
  7. add wine and broth, bring to a boil.
  8. lower to simmer, and cook partially covered for 2 1/2 hrs, stirring every 30 minutes.
  9. season with salt and pepper to taste.
Most Helpful

A very good and authentic bolognese. It is amazing how many bolognese recipes are out there without the milk. That is not bolognese....that is meat sauce. This has the milk and it makes such a difference! I added a pinch of sugar to cut the acidity of the wine and the tomato. I also added a 14oz can of petite diced tomatoes, for a little chunkiness. The pancetta makes the dish.

LizP June 02, 2008

This is a great recipe. We also believe that bolognese needs dairy and are glad that we included this. The one addition we made was to add about a half cup of parmesan during the last 30 minutes of simmering. Based upon the other reviews, we increased the pancetta and used a little bit of extra basil from the garden. I'd love to tell you how this held up in the freezer, but it doesn't look like it'll make it there. Thanks, Chia.

Akikobay September 07, 2009

Followed the recipe exactly and it was fabulous...I did let it simmer on the stove for 4 hours slowly and it was perfect...

CIndytc July 01, 2009