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Homemade Ragu Bolognese

"My family loves homemade spaghetti sauce and this one is a big hit. I always make sure to serve this with plenty of garlic bread." Kate Gaul, Dubuque, IA
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings (7-1/2 cups)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 pound bacon strips, diced
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, chopped
  • 2 small carrots, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup dry red wine or beef broth
  • 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin, nutmeg and pepper
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Hot cooked pasta


  • In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, pork, bacon, onions, celery and carrots over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer. Add wine; cook for 4-5 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  • Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, bay leaves, sugar and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours or until thickened, stirring occasionally.
  • Discard bay leaves. Add the cream, butter and parsley; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in cheese. Serve with pasta.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 309 calories, 18g fat (9g saturated fat), 73mg cholesterol, 746mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.

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  • Smvm
    Jan 17, 2019

    Awesome! Makes a lot of sauce. I use pancetta instead of bacon, and I use wine not broth. My family loves it! Freezes very well.

  • angela32
    May 16, 2016

    Very good. I did omit the bacon and whipping cream, because I didn't have any on hand but it didn't lose any flavor to me. I also used stock, instead of wine. I'll make this again!

  • BeagleDad
    Aug 30, 2013

    I've been making this recipe since I first saw it published. I only tried it with the red wine once and didn't care for it but I'm not a red wine drinker. I make it in double batches so I can freeze or can it to have later It's amazing

  • jwfy
    Nov 9, 2011

    I halfed the recipe (just wife & I). Used petite diced tomatoes (15 oz); could not find crushed in that size. I used wine. Served with warm garlic bread. Excellent flavor.

  • lurky27
    Aug 10, 2011

    YUM! We left the bacon out since we didn't have any on hand, and I don't even think it's necessary. Also doubled the oregano since we had no thyme. So delicious! We served with Sweet Spinach Salad, also in the recipe finder.~ Theresa

  • alyoung19
    Jul 31, 2011

    I LOVE this recipe, and have made it many times now. It is rich and meaty and has many "layers of flavor". I have found that it freezes well too, so I usually make a double batch. Enjoy. :)

  • MissusJenn
    Mar 23, 2011

    Great sauce!I had to make a few alterations to fit what was in my cabinets. In place of red wine, I used a splash of red wine vinegar and beef broth. I used savory pork sausage (bulk package) in place of the ground pork and ground beef.This is definitely a recipe that I will use again and again!

  • Deb Hernandez
    Jan 23, 2011

    THis is wonderful!! Everyone that tastes it loves it too!! Thank you!

  • ally7p
    Mar 17, 2010

    I made this twice so far for dinner guests and everyone raved about it. Easily feeds 4-6 people and you'll still have leftovers for another meal. A new favorite in my recipe box - thanks for an excellent homemade recipe!

  • cheezhed68
    Mar 8, 2010

    Great recipe!