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Pasta Bolognese

This Pasta Bolognese is filled with lots of fresh vegetables and is full of deep flavors. It’s thick, delicious and hearty! It’s comfort food at its finest.  

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword bolognese sauce, easy bolognese, pasta bolognese
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author Haylie


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced finely
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced finely
  • 2 celery stalks, diced finely
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 14 oz. can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine (i used a merlot)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 lb pasta of choice (i used fettuccine)
  • lots of salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese, divided (for garnish, optional)
  • fresh basil and red pepper flakes for garnish (optional)


  1. Finely dice your carrots, celery, onion and garlic. Set aside. Heat a large pot or dutch oven on medium heat. Add in your olive oil. Add in your carrots, onions and celery. Season with salt and pepper and cook for about 4 minutes and then add in your garlic. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant. 

  2. Add in your ground beef. Break up the beef and cook until fully brown, should take about 7-10 minutes.

  3. Next, add in your two cans of tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, basil, thyme, milk and your wine. Stir to combine. Cover and cook over medium low heat for 2-3 house, stirring occasionally. 

  4. As it cooks, be sure to taste as you go along and adjust your seasonings if needed by adding salt and pepper. 

  5. When the bolognese sauce is finished, cook your pasta noodles. Bring a large pot of salted water to a rolling boil and cook your pasta according to the package directions. 

  6. Drain your pasta when it's finished cooking. Divide it amongst bowls and top with the bolognese sauce. Grate on some parmesan, fresh basil and red pepper flakes if desired for garnish. Eat while hot and enjoy!