Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese sauce is a meat-based red sauce from Bologna that uses three techniques, sautéing, sweating and braising, to create an intensely flavored meat sauce.




  1. Heat the olive oil over high heat in an ovenproof slow cooker liner or a heavy-bottomed 7-quart Dutch oven, add the pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown. Remove to a bowl.
  2. Add the beef to the hot pan, use the tip of a wooden spoon to break it up into small pieces. Brown over high heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in the pancetta, onion, carrot, celery and garlic, reduce the heat to low, cover and sweat for five minutes.
  4. Push the meat and vegetables to one side and brown the tomato paste for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Stir in the dry herbs and pepper.
  6. Add the wine, bring to a boil and reduce by one-half.
  7. Stir in the tomatoes, bring to a boil, lower the heat to barely a simmer, cover and continue cooking:
  8. Stovetop: 2 hours
  9. Slow Cooker: 6 hours


Makes 1 quart, enough for one pound of pasta or a lasagna.