Comfort Food at it’s Finest: Bolognese Meat Sauce 2 Ways!

bolognese sauce


Right off the bat, I think we need to acknowledge the enormous controversy that is The Bolognese meat sauce. Yes, everyone has something to say when it comes to making this famous classic. Some people say you make it only with fresh tomatoes, basil, and minced beef. Others, say add bacon, mushrooms, red wine…even milk!


The point is – there are so many different variations! My goal, however, is to make it TASTY above all. Second to taste is WHOLESOME. No artificial flavours!

bolognese meat sauce


Below you will find 2 Bolognese meat sauce recipes: the first – slightly more traditional; the second – perhaps a little different to what you would expect. BOTH are delicious!! Try both and see which one you like best 🙂 Bolognese is such an effortless dish…so WONDERFUL! To me, it translates into a relaxing and even sociable time in the kitchen with a glass of red wine. The sauce cooks slowly, allowing the meat to tenderize and the flavours to explode!


Before you start, my TOP TIP for cooking a Bolognese meat sauce is SLOW COOKING!!! Allow the sauce to simmer gently for at least 1 hour…and up to 6 hours. The longer, the BETTER! The sauce becomes so thick and creamy, and all the liquid evaporates – concentrating the flavour inside the meat.


Another side note: I never put celery in my food (I can’t stand the stuff!!). You may also add whatever you like to add more flavour to this dish….EXPLORE AND EXPERIMENT! Okay, don’t go completely crazy and add cereal to it or something #weird, but flavourful ingredients like bacon, chorizo, mushrooms, wostershire sauce. Feel free to put your personal stamp on this fantastic Bolognese!


bolognese meat sauce


To Serve


  1. Fresh pasta or ZERO CALORIE noodles.
  2. Mozzarella cheese
  3. Parmesan cheese
  4. WINE! see below


* I always put the mozerella on first BEFORE the meat sauce – this makes it melt deliciously!




Comfort Food at it's Finest: Bolognese Meat Sauce 2 Ways!
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 8 servings
  • Calories: 227
  • Fat: 5.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.4g
  • Sugar: 4.4g
  • Fiber: 2.1g
  • Protein: 32.5g
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Meat Sauce
Prep time: 
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Enjoy this comforting, hearty Bolognese Meat Sauce: a perfect winter meal. Serve with spaghetti, or ZERO calorie noodles.
  • - 1 kg extra lean minced beef
  • - 4 rashers of streaky bacon, chopped
  • - 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • - 2 medium carrots, finely grated
  • - half a punnet of mushrooms
  • - 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • - 2 tins whole peeled tomatoes
  • - 1 tbsp wostershire sauce
  • - 1 Tbsp minced garlic
  • - 1 glass of red wine (125ml)
  • - 1 cup of beef stock
  • - handful of fresh basil
  • - 2 bay leaves
  • - 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • - 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil
  • - 2 Tbsp xylitol (optional)
  1. Place a large pot on the stove on medium heat.
  2. Add the oil.
  3. Add the bacon bits, and stir.
  4. Add the onions and allow to cook until they are a light golden colour.
  5. Add the mushrooms.
  6. Add the garlic and carrots.
  7. Allow to cook for a few minutes, stirring.
  8. Add the minced beef and a large pinch of salt.
  9. Allow to cook until all the meat has browned.
  10. Add the tomato paste and wostershire sauce, and stir.
  11. Add the red wine, and beef stock.
  12. Add the two tins of tomatoes.
  13. Add the bay leaves, chili flakes, xylitol and stir.
  14. Allow to cook uncovered on medium heat for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  15. Add the handful of fresh basil leaves 15 minutes before serving.
  16. Check the seasoning.
  17. Optionally, add a tablespoon of flour to thicken the sauce a bit.
  18. Serve when most of the liquid has evaporated, and the sauce is thick and creamy.
1. It's important to let the sauce simmer for as long as possible - the consistency will become thicker and the flavor more intense.

2. When serving with cheese: place mozzarella underneath the sauce to allow it to melt wonderfully.


bolognese wine suggestion


With this hearty, warm Bolognese meal, you need something equally as comforting to warm the soul. A glass of red wine is paramount!

First off, the recipe calls for a good glass of red wine as a vital ingredient. It adds that richness and depth of flavor you simply CANNOT go without. Do not skip this step! Also…DO NOT toss in some cheap wine you had lying on the shelf you didn’t want to drink yourself. NO!

Add an easy-drinking favorite! This would be the HPF Posmeester in my case, and I can certainly recommend it. I love how unpretentious and smooth it is on the palate 🙂 The HPF Posmeester is a merlot-based red blend.

When I make Bolognese, I open a bottle and pour myself a glass while I’m cooking. Then, when the time is right – I offer a glass of comfort to the pot! That’s all it needs!

We then proceed to polish off the rest of the bottle ourselves…of course 😉

Buy HPF Die Posmeester online for 100 ZAR at: 

Posmeester 2015




This one will definitely surprise you! Not your average Bolognese meat sauce recipe at all!


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