Monday, September 12, 2011

Bolognese Sauce

This weekend we had dinner with some friends and David's parents, but other than that David had class and I hung around the house and went on errands. I got some cute decorations for the gender reveal party, went to Pet Smart for molly food, went to home goods (didn't buy anything) and I grocery shopped! I was craving some pasta with meat sauce all weekend so I decided to make some yesterday.
It was also the first time that I used my dutch oven skillet pan. The Pioneer Woman uses hers ALL the time and I happened to be using her recipe so I thought I'd do as she does. This is her Bolognese Sauce.


  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 1-1/2 cup Grated Carrots
  • 1 whole Large Red Onion, Diced
  • 2 pounds Ground Beef
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Oregano
  • 2 Tablespoons Dried Basil Flakes
  • 1 can (6 Ounce) Tomato Paste
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Minced
  • 1 cup (to 2 Cups) Red Wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Worcestershire
  • 2 cans (28 Ounce) Whole Tomatoes
  • 1 cup Milk
  • Salt And Pepper, to taste
  • Fresh Parmesan Cheese
Start by grating your carrots (I only needed 2 whole carrots) and dicing your red onion. 
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or skillet over medium heat. Add grated carrots and onions and cook for a few minutes. Make a well in the center of the mixture, and then add in the ground beef.
Cook for a few minutes until brown, gradually stirring it into the carrot mixture.
Throw in oregano and basil. Use fresh if you have it; if you don’t, it’s fine. When the meat is browned and combined with other ingredients, make another well. Add tomato paste and let it heat. Add garlic and stir to combine.
Make a well in the center of the mixture and add red wine. Stir together.
Add Worcestershire and stir. Add canned tomatoes. Finally, pour in milk, stir, and let simmer for 30 minutes to 2 hours—however long you need.
I interrupt your recipe viewing for some funny doggie pictures. Molly loves when we pour new dog food into her container, I've posted on this before.
She always eats it mid air and tries to catch it.
Then she sticks her mouth right in the container and munches on some more.
 Serve over noodles. I chose linguine. It makes enough for 2 lbs of pasta or 8 hefty servings.
Serve with a nice garden salad.
Voila! I loved it. Tips and notes: the sauce was a little runny (I added some cornstarch) and I might add another can of tomato paste to make it more red. The color was a bit brown so not typical pasta sauce. David devoured it and said he missed my cooking, isn't that sweet. Hope you all had a great weekend.
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Linda said...

Looks delicious and you won't want to use another type of large cooking pot again for sauces, soups, browning...anything! Love my Dutch Oven. (Our Springers do the same thing when we are pouring their food into the storage container!)

Chris said...

Yummy, looks good!

Marla said...

Yeah!!! A new recipe to try that Chris will eat!! Looks yummy!!

Mock family said...

I want that now!! good for you cooking JEN :)

Anonymous said...

You know that you are officially a Warchol when you cannot make a batch of sauce that serves less than eight people...what does that mean??? Loved the Molly dog food pics, Jazz is like this too when we get a new bag of food! Funny!! Love you guys, G

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