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Bolognese Sauce with Meat Recipe

Bolognese Sauce with Meat

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"A recipe for your basic tomato and meat sauce. Serve with your favorite pasta and a nice loaf of sourdough bread."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings


  1. In a large saucepan saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil. Add ground beef and continue cooking. Stir in prosciutto and cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter, chopped tomatoes, and tomato paste. Let sauce simmer for 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Simmer for one hour. Add additional butter and simmer for an additional half hour.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 06, 2004

It is really the most flavorful meat sauce I have ever had.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Feb 15, 2011

For a rookie this was easy enough. Doubled the tomatoes. No salt. My hubby loved it. Simple ingredients. I thought it was just okay...especially when considering the time investment.


28 Ratings

Mar 16, 2011

I didn't have any prosciutto so I left that out. I also added some red wine to add depth to the sauce. Left out the butter completely. Simmered on the stove on low heat for a long time. I think this is what really brings the flavors out and add intense flavor to the sauce. I used fresh parsley to top at the end. Very good.

Jul 15, 2008

I had to double this recipe for a large family. I did add 2 extra tomatoes based on what others wrote. I didnt double the meat and kept everything else the same. This looks great and tastes fantastic.

Jan 24, 2011

I added a pound of ground pork, more than doubled the number of tomatoes, increased the tomato paste to a full (small size) can, omitted the butter entirely, and spiced it up a bit with more garlic and some oregano. I also added a can of tomato sauce because I didn't want it to be as dry as some of the other reviewers stated. Oh, and added about a glass of red wine I was drinking, just because! It was EXCELLENT. We put it over a whole box of pasta and the kids raved about it... Even the 5 year old who usually demands only butter and cheese on her pasta. It would have fed between 6-8 people. Our family of four ate till we were stuffed, and had enough for a bunch of leftovers.

Sep 20, 2008

I LOVED IT!, so good! I DID add an extra tomato and cut BACK on the salt since the prosciutto is salty...I actually used about 1/4 teasp. of salt. Now...bad husband did NOT like it...he prefers a WETTER sauce. This is not a coat your pasta with tomato sauce-sauce. To me it's more the consistancy of a sloppy joe...but...tossed in pasta it WILL coat the noodles with flavor. I am giving it 5 BIG stars for ME personally...I WILL make it again but make it more "saucy" for hubby. THANKS for such a GREAT recipe!

Nov 11, 2010

I did not use as much butter as suggested in the recipe and I'm not entirely convinced that it needs to simmer for an hour and a half. I simmered for maybe little more than an hour. I also threw in some oregano and basil and added in some beef broth to ensure it was moist while it was cooking. Oh and I threw in the whole can of tomato paste, because I never use it and didn't want to waste it. This is a good simple recipe that could use some tweaking.

Feb 23, 2011

My husband loves this sauce! I added bob evans sausage and heavy whip cream to this pot of heaven and everyone was in paradise! Thanks for sharing.


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  • Calories
  • 659 kcal
  • 33%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 7.7 g
  • 2%
  • Cholesterol
  • 141 mg
  • 47%
  • Fat
  • 57.6 g
  • 89%
  • Fiber
  • 1.7 g
  • 7%
  • Protein
  • 27.1 g
  • 54%
  • Sodium
  • 1423 mg
  • 57%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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