Bolognese Meat Sauce


Bolognese Meat Sauce

A delicious meat sauce to serve with pasta. Normally made with minced beef, but you can change the meat to your favourite.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6 people


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 3 clove garlic
  • 12 oz minced beef
  • 5 fl.oz red wine
  • 14 oz tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 1 bayleaf
  • 1/4 tsp thyme
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 20 fl.oz passata


  • Heat butter and oil in a heavy saucepan. Add the onions and cook gently for 3-4 minutes
  • Stir in garlic. cook for 3-4 minutes.
  • Add beef to onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until all the beef is brown. 
  • Add wine, raise the heat and wait for the wine to evaporate.
  • Stir in tomatoes and passata. Add herbs. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Taste and adjust seasoning to your taste.


This recipe is great to cook ahead of time, the flavour improves if left for a couple of days. It also freezes well. 
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Author: Tamzin

Food activist and childhood nutrition advocate Tamzin Cochrane helps the busiest of people to cook up something healthy and delicious, even after a long day. She also helps companies and schools educate around—and create a culture and environment that truly supports healthy eating. Decades in the foodservice and hospitality industry have given Tamzin a well-rounded perspective on mealtime. She is passionate about bringing back the lost art of families and friends cooking together, and she loves seeing people enjoy the amazing tastes and textures of their communal effort. Inspiring children to cook and expand there horizons on food is very important. She shares this message through virtual coaching and video courses, by speaking at corporations, schools, and events, and through her recently-released video courses. Tamzin is found most often at The Pinny and Trowel Cooking School, which she opened in early 2020, it is located in Austin TX. Tamzin was born in England, grew up in Scotland, and now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband (who incidentally, is Scottish but grew up in England) and their children.

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