Bolognese Sauce, known in Italian as Ragù alla Bolognese is a rich and meaty sauce that is slowly simmered for several hours to intensify its flavor. Serve it over pasta or use it in lasagna or baked ziti for a hearty, flavorful meal. Freeze any leftovers for a quick and satisfying weeknight meal. As an added bonus, it’s quite easy to make.
The ingredients for this delicious Bolognese Sauce include ground turkey, sweet Italian sausage, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, dried basil, salt, freshly ground black pepper, granulated sugar, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and red wine.
As a first step, I browned the ground turkey and Italian sausage in a Dutch oven over medium heat.
When the meats were nicely browned, I dumped them into a colander and rinsed them under hot water to remove as much fat as possible. I learned this trick years ago from a neighbor. While the meat was draining, I wiped out the Dutch oven with a paper towel, added the onions and garlic, and cooked them over medium heat for about 5 minutes. Over the years, I’ve concluded that it’s really not necessary for the Bolognese Sauce to cook the onions and garlic in oil.
Before returning the meat to the Dutch oven, I used my fingertips to break any clumps up into small pieces. Once this was done, I added the meat to the onions and garlic, along with the spices, salt, pepper, and sugar, and stirred the mixture to ensure that everything was well combined.
Next, came the “wet” ingredients – crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, and red wine.
I stirred everything together, brought the mixture to a slow boil, covered the Dutch oven, and put it into a 300° F oven for about 3 hours. Half way through, I gave the mixture a stir, and returned it to the oven for the remainder of the time. I could have simmered it covered, on the stove for several hours, or cooked it in the slow cooker, set on high for 5 hours. The Bolognese Sauce was absolutely delicious. I’m going to use it to make some Baked Ziti (stay tuned!). Yum!