Hearty Ragu Bolognese

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 3-3/4 hours


12 servings (2-1/4 quarts)

Updated: Dec. 08, 2023
My robust ragu combines ground beef, sausage and chicken. Serve it over any type of pasta, or baked or fried polenta. It's even good on its own with a slice of hot buttered garlic bread. —Caroline Brody, Forest Hills, New York
Hearty Ragu Bolognese Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 medium onions, coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, coarsely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, coarsely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 cans (6 ounces each) tomato paste
  • Hot cooked pasta
  • Grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Place onions, celery, carrot and garlic in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. In a Dutch oven, heat oil and butter over medium heat. Add vegetable mixture and nutmeg; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
  2. Add beef; cook 6-8 minutes longer or until beef is no longer pink, breaking up beef into crumbles. Stir in salt and pepper. Remove with a slotted spoon; discard drippings from pot.
  3. In same pot, cook sausage over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Return beef mixture to pan. Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until wine is evaporated. Add broth and chicken breasts; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 12-15 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°. Remove chicken; cool slightly. Finely chop chicken.
  4. Add cream and tomato paste to pot; bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Return chicken to pot; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 3-4 hours or until flavors are blended, stirring occasionally. Serve with pasta. If desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

Can you freeze Hearty Ragu Bolognese?

Freeze cooled sauce in freezer containers for up to 3 months. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally; add broth if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 461 calories, 35g fat (16g saturated fat), 112mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 21g protein.