This is my second bolognese sauce, I think its an improvement on my undergraduate version, but it is a bit more expensive so I have included both!

Bolognese Sauce

Required Ingredients (cooks for 2 meals)

  • 250g of beef mince. (Buy some quality mince even if the rest of your meal costs under a pound!)
  • 250g of pork mince.
  • 1-2 x 400g tin of chopped tomatoes. (Tesco Value cans taste just as good here!)
  • 1 red onion (you can use a standard onion too)
  • 2 crushed garlic cloves, or 2 tablespoons of garlic paste.
  • Table spoon of tomato puree
  • 1-2 grated or chopped garat
  • 1 sprinkle of basil or chopped fresh basil (much nicer if you have some)
  • 3-4 sticks of celery chopped.
  • 2-3 slices of chopped smoked bacon
  • 2-3 inches of sliced Chorizo sausage.

Optional Ingredients

  • 1 small bottle of red wine.
  • 2 bay leaves.
  • A pinch Italian Herbs mix.
  • 3-4 Mushrooms.
  • Generous teaspoon of Worcester Sauce.
  • 1-2 tablespoons of liquid beef stock or a beef stock cube.


  • Put a small amount of Cooking Oil in a frying pan and add to this your onion chopped up into small pieces, celery and carrot. Fry the onion until it has gone soft, then add the mince, bacon and chorizo. (I generally cook the meat in a separate pan first and drain off the fat.)
  • Fry the mince while stirring it until it has gone completely brown and is no longer pink.
  • Now add a small amount of your wine if you have some and leave for a minute or two with a lid on the pan.
  • Now add your tin of tomoatoes, tomato puree, Worcester sauce, bay leaves, garlic (don’t forget to crush it!), basil and other herbs and remaining wine. Bring to the boil then simmer gently on a very low heat for around 1-2 hours.

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