5 from 1 vote
Pasta Bolognese
Pasta Bolognese
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground  pork
  • Olive oil enough to generously coat pan
  • 1 small white or yellow onion diced
  • 2 carrots finely diced
  • 2 ribs celery finely diced
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons salt divided
  • 1 tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup wine a good hearty red or dry white
  • 1 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 14 ounce cans good quality whole Italian tomatoes (for a "saucier" sauce use 2 (28 ounce) cans)
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • Pasta of your choice
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for topping
  1. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and over medium heat, cook the ground beef and pork.  Crush and stir with a large spoon till fully cooked, about 10 minutes. Drain grease from pan and set meat aside to use later.
  2. Coat the bottom of a Dutch oven with a generous amount of olive oil. Place the pan over medium heat and add carrots, celery, onion, and parsley. Cook , stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables have softened but not browned. Add garlic and 1 teaspoon of salt. Stir well.
  3. Add the cooked and drained meat to the vegetable mixture in the Dutch oven. Season mixture with another teaspoon of salt, a generous amount of fresh ground pepper, thyme, oregano, and nutmeg. Add wine, turn heat up to medium high and cook, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. Push meat mixture to side and add tomato paste to the pan.  Stir and mix the tomato paste into the meat mixture. Add both cans of whole tomatoes, breaking the tomatoes up with your hands as you add them to the pan. Stir well. Add beef broth and milk into pot and bring mixture almost to a boil then turn down heat to a very low simmer. Cook, uncovered, for 1 to 3 hours. Sauce will be richer and thicker if it cooks longer. Check and stir occasionally.
  4. When ready to serve, boil pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to hot pan. Add desired amount of the bolognese and combine. Sprinkle in some grated Parmesan cheese and stir.
  5. Transfer pasta bolognese to serving dish and sprinkle with additional Parmesan if desired.