Bolognaise Sauce Recipe

Bolognaise Sauce Recipe

By 27/03/2013

Let me give you one of the most classic of the Italian recipes: la pasta al ragu', or as it is better known, the Bolognaise sauce. This is one of the sauces that makes me proud of being Italian. Nothing beats a good pasta al ragu': it is comfort food, the one that every Italian mamma would make for her children.

Every time I make it I get flashbacks of memories of coming back from school and being dished up a good plate of delicious pasta al ragu'... what an incredible smell that was.. it is a deeply satisfying and enjoyable dish!

For this sauce I have used Conchiglie pasta. I like to use Conchiglie for this sauce as their particular shape holds the ragu' very well.


  • Prep Time : 25 minutes
  • Cook Time : 2 hrs 10 minutes



The base to make a ragu' is: onion, carrot and a stick of celery

base ragu

Chop the vegetables finely

Bolognaise sauce recipe

In a pan stir fry the vegetables for a few minutes with 2 tbsp of olive oil

Bolognaise sauce recipe

Add the meat and seal it until brown in colour

Bolognaise sauce recipe

Add the wine and the tomato sauce and cook for 2 hours on a gentle heat. Add salt and pepper after an hour and half of cooking.

Bolognaise sauce recipe

Cook the pasta al dente and stir the sauce in. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan. Enjoy!

Bolognaise sauce recipe

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5 Responses to Bolognaise Sauce Recipe

  1. Ozlem's Turkish Table

    Ciao Alida, this is delicious, I haven’t tried conchiglie pasta before, look forward to that one with your sauce : ) Ozlem

  2. la cucina di Molly

    Ottimo formato di pasta per questo sugo gustoso che adoro! Un bacione, ciao!

  3. Robert Prichard

    Do I cover the sauce while it cooks for two hours?

    • Alida

      Yes and cook it at a very gentle heat.

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