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Bolognese Sauce
Bolognese Sauce
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 15 mins
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.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 337 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) mild Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 medium onion chopped (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced (1 teaspoon)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 14.5 ounce can petit diced tomatoes, preferably salt free
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce, preferably salt free
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste, preferably salt free
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  1. Brown Italian sausage in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, breaking up the meat as it cooks. Transfer paper towel lined plate to drain. Allow to cool; rub meat between fingers to break up into small pieces.

  2. Wipe skillet with paper towel to remove any remaining grease. Add onions; sauté over medium heat for about five minutes.

  3. Return sausage to skillet; stir to combine. Add basil, oregano, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Stir well to combine. Add garlic; cook for 30 seconds or until garlic is fragrant.

  4. Add petit diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, red wine and water; stir well to combine. Bring to a slow boil.

  5. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for three hours, adding more liquid if necessary. (See Tip 1)

  6. Correct the seasonings if necessary. Serve over pasta cooked according to package directions. (See Tip 2)

  7. Yield: 6 servings. (See Tips 3 and 4)

Chula's Expert Tips
  1. Rather than cooking on stove, transfer mixture to a crock pot and cook on high setting for 5 hours; or cook covered in 300° F oven for 3 hours.
  2. This makes a delicious base for lasagna or baked ziti.
  3. Bolognese Sauce is excellent as leftovers. In addition, it freezes well. 
  4. The recipe is easily doubled.
Nutrition Facts
Bolognese Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 1261mg53%
Potassium 837mg24%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 745IU15%
Vitamin C 18.3mg22%
Calcium 69mg7%
Iron 3.4mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.