A Simple Bolognaise Sauce. With this recipe in your arsenal, a nutritious dinner is never far away.
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Kitchen Basics: A Simple Bolognaise Sauce

With this very useful bolognaise recipe in your arsenal, dinner will never be far away. Let the sauce simmer away on the stove whilst you get on with other things, and be rewarded with a hearty dinner.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Author: Tania @ The Cook's Pyjamas


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 1 large carrot finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery finely diced
  • 200 g mushrooms finely diced
  • 500 g beef mince
  • 250 ml red wine
  • 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 750 ml tomato sauce passata
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt & pepper


  • Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat.
  • Add the onion to the saucepan, and fry for five minutes, or until the onion softens.
  • Add the celery and carrot, and continue to cook for a further five minutes, or until the vegetables soften.
  • Stir through the garlic, and cook for a further minute.
  • Add the mince to the pot, breaking up any large lumps. Continue to cook for about four minutes, or until the mince has started to brown.
  • Add the remainder of the ingredients, and season well with salt and pepper.
  • Bring the sauce to the boil, then reduce to a low simmer.
  • Allow the sauce to simmer for two hours, stirring occasionally, until it has reduced and thickened.
  • Use as desired.


I have made this bolognaise with beef mince, and also a mix of pork and veal. Both are equally good.