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Authentic Italian Bolognese Recipe - Meat and Vegetarian Recipe's

Updated on June 28, 2011

Authentic Meat and Vegetarian Bolognese Sauce Recipe

This recipe for authentic Italian bolognese sauce is going to include both the original meat version and the vegetarian version as this recipe can be applied to both versions, for the best tasting authentic bolognese sauce.

What you will Need.

This Bolognese sauce recipe will serve up to eight people and requires 2 1/2 - 3 hours cooking time:

1 large cooking pot

5-7 tablespoons of Olive Oil

5-7 large carrots - finely chopped

4-5 long pieces cellery - finely chopped

2 large onions - finely chopped

1/2 cup of finely chopped parsley

2-3 large fresh basil leaves

3 large tablespoons of tomato puree

1 litre or bottle of red wine

1/2 litre of water

2 large tins of chopped tomatoes

900g fresh mince beef or 3 bags of minced quorn

1/2 teaspoon of sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt


The first thing you need to do is place the cooking pot on a very low heat and pour the olive oil into the pot. Once the oil has warmed through add in the finely chopped onions, celery and carrots. Continue to keep the pot on a low heat and cook these vegetables, stirring regularly for twenty minutes or until the onions become almost see through in color.

Next add in the mince meat or vegetarian quorn and turn the heat up to a medium level and stir continuously until the meat has become brown or the quorn is thoroughly mixed through. Then add in the chopped parsley and the tomato puree and again stir through until everything becomes red from the puree and add in the salt. Turn the heat back down to low again and allow to simmer for a few minutes and then add in the 2 tins of chopped tomatoes and stir. The next step is to then pour in the one litre of red wine and the half litre of water and stir once again. Leave this on a medium heat for an hour and then add in the sugar by sprinkling it over the top of the sauce. Leave this to simmer and reduce for another hour and then place the 2-3 fresh basil leaves whole on the top of the sauce and allow the sauce to continue reducing on a low heat. After a total of 2 1/2 - 3 hours the sauce will of reduced perfectly and you will have yourself the perfect authentic bolognese sauce to serve with pasta to your family or guests.


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