This classic bolognese is a treasured family heirloom—the perfect cozy meal for intimate celebrations and family nights at home. Filled with love, this is one of my go-to dish for friends and family in need of a pick-me-up. Be sure to make extra to freeze for later!Serving Size: 8 People, Prep Time: 45 Minutes
2large yellow onionsminced
6celery stalks with leavesminced
5lbsground beef80 / 20
1-2cupswinewhite or red
1 1/2cupskale or spinachfinely chopped
14.5ozstewed or diced tomatoes
Mince onions, celery, garlic, carrot, parsley, and kale. Set aside.
Put large pot on the stove over medium-high heat and add olive oil
Add the onions and sauté
Add celery 1-2 minutes later
Stir in ground beef
Add a good amount of salt
Add garlic and 1/3 of the wine
Add in rosemary and bay leaves
Cook over medium heat until the mat is browned, stirring often. (Begin chopping tomatoes and any other ingredients while you wait).
When meat is browned, take a quick break and make yourself a little bowl of this deliciousness to munch on while you cook
Stir in carrots and kale, and continue to stir over medium heat
Add in the remaining wine
Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, and canned tomatoes
Work it all in until the mixture is consistent. Continue to cook and stir over medium heat and add salt to taste
Add in chopped basil
Set to simmer with a lid and stir over low heat 3-4 hours, adding salt and wine to taste
Serve over freshly cooked al dente pasta (farfalle or penne)
Add parmesan cheese and a little minced parsley to taste
You can eat it right away once you finish cooking, but if you have time, this baby gets better over time the longer that you cook it.
My grandma taught me how to make our bolognese when I was little and it’s always been a staple in our family. I’ve been talking about it for years but have never been able to share an actual recipe because my family makes the recipe more by feel, without measuring out ingredients and finally took the time to measure out and count what I was doing so I’ve got an official recipe!!! (I say “official” but please, do your own thing!!) My kids love to help and the older ones are pretty good sources of labor at this point!!
Serve over freshly cooked al dente pasta (I love it with farfalle or penne) and add parmesan cheese and a little minced Italian parsley to taste. Don’t eat the bay leaves but as a kid I always loved it when I got one on my plate! I hope you have so much fun making this one and love it as much as we do!!!