Recipe courtesy of Debi Mazar and Gabriele Corcos

Bolognese Sauce

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 3 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Inactive: 30 min
  • Cook: 2 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 16 or enough sauce for 2 (9 by 13-inch) pans lasagne
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5 tablespoons olive oil

1 red onion, medium chop

3 carrots, medium chop

3 celery stalks, medium chop

5 ounces pancetta, cut into small cubes

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 handfuls fresh flat-leaf parsley, leaves picked and chopped 

1 pound ground beef

1 pound ground pork

1 pound ground veal

1 cup red wine

3 (28-ounce) cans pelati tomatoes* 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup whole milk


  1. Saute the onion, carrots, and celery in about 5 tablespoons olive oil in a large rondeau until soft. Add the pancetta to the soffritto (onion mixture). Cook on a medium-high flame for about 7 to 10 minutes, then add the meat; break it up well with a wooden spoon. Cook's Note: You can jack up the heat a bit, and keep stirring until all the ground meat is browned. Add the red pepper flakes and the parsley and cook for just 1 minute.
  2. Add the wine now and cook until the alcohol is completely evaporated, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan. 
  3. Pulse the tomatoes smooth in a food processor and add them to the meat, season generously with salt and pepper, lower the flame to medium and cook for about 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. Finish the sauce by adding the whole milk, stir well and set aside, to cool off.

Cook’s Note

Pelati tomatoes are whole canned tomatoes.

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