Bolognese Meat Sauce

Bolognese Meat Sauce


  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 3 slices pre-cooked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 carrot, finely diced
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced
  • ¾ pound pre-cooked ground beef
  • 2/3 cup beef broth
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 can (14 oz.) plum tomatoes, chopped with juice
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp. fresh thyme leaves


Heat the butter and oil in a saucepan. Add the onion and cook over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the bacon and cook until the onion is translucent. Stir in the carrot, celery, and garlic. Cook 3-4 minutes more.

Add the beef crumbles and beef broth; cook until the liquid evaporates. Add the milk and cook until it evaporates.

Stir in the tomatoes with its juice and herbs. Bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove bay leaf.

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