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an overhead shot of bolognese sauce mixed with pappardelle pasta and garlic bread in a bowl to the side

Bolognese Sauce

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Pasta Sauce
  • Cuisine: Italian


A made from scratch Bolognese sauce that is so full of flavor served with pasta. 


  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 4 ounces pancetta, diced
  • 1 can (28oz) whole peeled tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp + 3 tbsp olive oil 
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large shallot, minced (about 3 tbsp)
  • 1 medium carrot grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 8oz pappardelle, cooked al dente
  • Fresh parmesan for garnish
  • Serve with homemade garlic bread


  1. In a dutch oven over medium heat, add 3 tbsp olive oil and pancetta. Cook, stirring, for 5 minutes until pancetta begins to crisp. Add the ground chuck, red pepper flakes, and cook until meat has browned. Add in 1/2 cup of red wine and allow to deglaze for about 4 minutes, until the liquid has reduced by half. Using a slotted spoon, remove the beef/pancetta and set aside in a dish leaving behind the oil and tiny bits of flavor.
  2. Add the shallots, carrots, salt, and black pepper. Allow to cook for 5 minutes until shallots become translucent. Add in the minced garlic and cook an additional minute. Add in the whole peeled tomatoes, lower the heat to simmer, and cover for 20 minutes to allow the tomatoes to break down.
  3. Uncover sauce, break up tomato chunks with a spoon or lightly pass immersion blender to smooth out the sauce. Add back the browned beef/pancetta to the sauce and stir to combine. Cover and allow sauce to simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. In a large pot, cook pasta until al dente (time depends on the type of pasta, follow package directions). Drain pasta. 
  5. Once the sauce is finished simmering, add in heavy cream, stir until combined. Give the sauce a try and adjust seasoning if necessary. Add in the pasta and using tongs, gently toss until pasta is coated in the sauce.
  6. Serve with freshly grated parmesan over the top and optional garlic bread on the side. Enjoy!


  • If you do not have pancetta, you can substitute with non-flavored bacon. The bacon will add smokey flavor to the dish. To get rid of the smokiness you can boil for 2 minutes before continuing with the dish.

Keywords: bolognese, bolognese sauce, meat sauce, ground beef, pappardelle