Recipe of the Week: Simple Bolognese Sauce


Do you ever get in the kitchen and immediately pretend you are competing on Top Chef?

No? Just me? 

Ok, well maybe I wasn’t actually competing, but I was definitely in the mood to cook up something yummy for dinner. I also wanted to make a bit extra so I could freeze some for later (because let’s be honest, this happens once every couple of months and I had to seize the opportunity).

I found this recipe on the Food Network (one of my favorite television channels) and I just had to share such a yummy and easy-to-make recipe.


Simple Bolognese SauceRecipe courtesy Giada De Laurentiis

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
1 pound ground chuck beef
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano

In a large skillet heat the olive oil. When almost smoking, add the onion and garlic and saute over medium heat until the onions become very soft, about 8 minutes. Add the celery and carrot and saute for 5 minutes. Raise heat to high and add the ground beef. Saute, stirring frequently and breaking up any large lumps and cook until meat is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, parsley and basil and cook over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper. This will take approximately 1/2 hour. Finish bolognese with Pecorino Romano.

Sunday Sauce

Voila! The finished product!

  • YES TO TOP CHEF! Every time I cook I’m like “Yes, I am a food network star.”

    • Kristine

      And my husband is like… No, you are not. lol – I think he is surprised now when he comes home to find that I actually cooked! I’m so bad!