Authentic Bolognese Sauce

How to make Authentic Bolognese Sauce

Authentic Bolognese sauce is serious business! One of the most popular Italian condiments, this sauce is absolutely bursting with real tomato flavour thanks to the slow cooking process and minimal seasoning required. Create the most tender mince using this traditional recipe brought to you by David from Bologna who takes no shortcuts and admits patience is the most important ingredient!

Make way for these authentic flavours on your plate and stop adding unnecessary flavours. This is one recipe to have on repeat.

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David’s Top Tips To Make Authentic Bolognese Sauce

Add and Swirl!

Once you have added the passata, add some water to the bottle and then swirl around as to remove excess from the edges and add to your sauce. No waste!

Low and Longer

Leave the pot uncovered and on a low heat. The more it cooks the better it is!

Cooking time

Make sure to add your choice of pasta and cook according to the packet instructions.

How to Make Authentic Bolognese Sauce

Authentic Bolognese Sauce

Vincenzo's Plate


  • Sharp knife
  • Chopping-board
  • Hand blender
  • 2 Large pots
  • wooden spoon
  • Tongs Sieve
  • Large serving spoon
  • Kettle


  • 1 Red onion Brown. Chopped
  • 3 stalks Celery Choppes
  • 3 Carrots Chopped
  • 500 grams Pork 17.6oz. Mince
  • 300 grams Beef 10.5oz. Mince
  • 200 grams Veal 7.05oz. Mince
  • 1 L Italian tomato passata 4.2 cups
  • 400 grams Tomatoes 14.1oz. Peeled
  • 150 grams Tomato paste 5.29oz
  • Extra virgin olive oil EVOO
  • 1 glas Red wine
  • 1 mug Full cream milk
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1-2 L Water to be boiled using the kettle


  • Authentic Bolognese sauce starts with a soffrito, so place a large pot on your stove (medium heat), add a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil and once warm, add onion.
  • When the onion begins to look glossy and golden, add carrots, celery and then stir through, leaving to cook for 4-5 minutes.
  • Next add ½ glass red wine (118ml) to the authentic Bolognese sauce and leave to simmer on low for a few minutes or until the wine evaporates.
  • Add the mince and break it down using a wooden spoon and/or fork before seasoning with only salt and pepper.
  • Mix every so often to ensure the mince is all cooked through, leaving to brown.
  • Once the water has evaporated, mix in the other half glass of red wine.
  • In total, authentic Bolognese sauce should cook for up to 4-5hr and this will make the meat more tender.
  • After allowing the wine to evaporate again, mix through the passata, paste and peeled tomatoes.
  • Crush tomatoes using the wooden spoon as you stir through.
  • After 1.5hr, add 1L/4.2cups boiled water to the pot and mix through. At this point, taste for salt – this is a preference of taste, add only if you want more as no other seasoning is necessary for an authentic Bolognese sauce!
  • Then after another hour or so, add more – the trick is when the sauce looks dry, add water, this will thicken the mixture and allow the mince to become more tender.
  • Allow the sauce to bubble only a small amount and not spurt everywhere. If it is bubbling too much, turn the heat down.
  • When the sauce is 1/2 hr away from being ready, boil 5L water in a second pot then add a tablespoon of rock salt, leaving it to dissolve.
  • Once the sauce has been cooking for up to 5hr, remove it from the heat and leave to rest.
  • Add your choice of pasta to the water (ours is Pappardelle) and cook according to the packet instructions.
  • While the pasta is boiling, prepare a large fry pan for mixing!
  • Next add a cup of full cream milk to your sauce and stir through then put it back on the stove for 5 minutes.
  • Finally, place a frypan on the stove at a low heat, and add a generous spoonful (or two!) of Bolognese sauce, covering the base.
  • Next, add the strained pasta into the pan along with a cup of pasta water.
  • Mix this through until the pasta is completely lathered before adding another generous amount of authentic Bolognese sauce and mix again.
  • E ora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate….Enjoy!


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How to serve Authentic Bolognese Sauce

Authentic Bolognese sauce should be mixed with a thick pasta like pappardelle or tagliatelle, in this way the sauce can be absorbed well. Once plated, add freshly grated parmigianno regianno cheese before serving it.

We always make extra Bolognese sauce and store it portioned in containers in the freezer for a quick mid-week meal.


Eora si mangia, Vincenzo’s Plate… Enjoy!


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