Tested till perfect Bolognese Beef Sauce
Bolognese Beef Sauce
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Bolognese Beef Sauce

Serve this robust sauce over spaghetti or penne. There's enough for 1-1/2 lb (750 g) pasta, or two meals of 12 oz (375 g) each. Freeze any leftover sauce for future use.

By The Canadian Living Test Kitchen

Source: Canadian Living Magazine: May 2004

Recipe5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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  • Portion size 8 cups (2 L)


  • 1 lb 1lblean ground beef
  • 6 oz 6ozpancetta or bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 1oniononions, finely chopped
  • 3 3cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 2carrotcarrots, finely diced
  • 2 2celery stalkcelery stalks, chopped
  • 1 tsp 1tspdried thyme
  • 1 tsp 1tspeach salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp 1tspfennel seeds, lightly crushed
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupmilk
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) 1can (28 oz/796 mL)whole tomatoes
  • 1 can (28 oz/796 mL) 1can (28 oz/796 mL)crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup 1/2cupred wine, (or 2 tsp/10 mL red wine vinegar)
  • 1 1bay leafbay leaves
  • 1 Pinch 1Pinchgranulated sugar
  • 1/5 cup 1/5cupchopped fresh parsley
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In large Dutch oven, saute beef over medium-high heat, breaking up with spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off any fat.


Add pancetta, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, thyme, salt, pepper and fennel seeds; cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes.

Add milk; simmer until almost all liquid has evaporated, about 3 minutes.

Add tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, wine, bay leaf and sugar, breaking up tomatoes with potato masher. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer until thickened and mixture can mound on spoon, about 1 hour. Discard bay leaf. Stir in parsley. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate, uncovered, in airtight container until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional Information Per 1/2 cup (125 mL): about

cal 148 pro 9g total fat 9g sat. fat 4g
carb 9g fibre 2g chol 25mg sodium 385mg

% RDI:

calcium 5 iron 13 vit A 30 vit C 22
folate 6
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