Classic Bolognese Meat Sauce (bolognaise)

READY IN: 3hrs 45mins




  • Put the oil, 3 tbsp butter and chopped onion in the pot, turn the heat to medium and cook, stirring the onion until it becomes translucent.
  • Add the celery and carrot and stir for two minutes while cooking to coat them well.
  • Add the ground beef, a large pinch of salt and a few grindings of black pepper.
  • Cook the beef while crumbling it with a fork until the beef has lost its red colour.
  • Add the milk and let it simmer gently, stirring frequently until the milk has completely bubbled away.
  • Add the nutmeg.
  • Add the wine and let it simmer until it has evaporated.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir well. When the tomatoes start to bubble turn the heat down so that it is just simmering with the occasional bubble breaking the surface.
  • Cook uncovered for 3 hours, stirring from time to time. While it is cooking you will find the sauce dries out so continue to add a 1/2 cup of water when necessary to stop it sticking. However there should not be water left at the end of the 3 hours. The fat will separate from the sauce and this should happen.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary and toss with the pasta and rest of butter. Serve with parmesan on the side.