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Easy Bolognese Sauce

Katelyn Ryan
This 30-minute Easy Bolognese Sauce recipe makes it possible to enjoy Bolognese on a weeknight thanks to store-bought marinara sauce. This recipe is easy, economical, and makes enough to feed a hungry crowd.
4.72 from 14 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 servings
Calories 732 kcal


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 5 oz pancetta diced
  • 1 carrot peeled and minced
  • 1 rib celery minced
  • 1 yellow onion minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 25oz jar marinara sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 lb wide pasta noodles pappardelle or tagliatelle


  • In a large skillet or Dutch oven pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the pancetta, and cook until slightly crispy. Add the carrots, celery, and onion. Sauté until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. 
  • Add in the ground beef, breaking up the meat as you stir, and cook until browned. 
  • Stir in the marinara sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Let the sauce simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. 
  • Once the sauce has simmered for 30 minutes, stir in the heavy cream. 
  • Serve immediately with the cooked pasta. Garnish each serving with grated parmesan cheese. 


The key to the best incorporation for the soffritto (celery, carrot, and onion) is to finely mince the vegetables. For quick mincing, use a food processor or box grater. 


Calories: 732kcalCarbohydrates: 64gProtein: 29gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 15gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 17gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 1056mgPotassium: 919mgFiber: 5gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 2588IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 4mg
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