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Rather than opting for jarred spaghetti meat sauce, top your pasta with this surprisingly quick bolognese sauce recipe. It tastes like it has simmered all day, but this fresh tomato meat sauce takes just 40 minutes start to finish!

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Andy Lyons

Recipe Summary

20 mins
20 mins
40 mins
3 1/2 cups sauce


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large saucepan cook ground beef and pancetta over medium heat until meat is brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat. Stir onion and garlic into meat mixture in saucepan; cook for 3 to 5 minutes more or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally.

  • Stir in tomatoes, wine, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 25 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Stir in basil. Cool slightly and transfer to freezer containers. Seal and freeze for up to 3 months.*

  • To serve, thaw sauce in the refrigerator overnight. Transfer to a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat until simmering, stirring occasionally.


If you prefer, cool sauce slightly and transfer to airtight storage containers. Cover and chill for up to 3 days. To serve, transfer to a medium saucepan and heat as directed.

Nutrition Facts

177 calories; fat 8g; cholesterol 44mg; saturated fat 3g; carbohydrates 7g; mono fat 3g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 4g; protein 16g; vitamin a 1094.4IU; vitamin c 15.4mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 3.7mg; vitamin b6 0.3mg; folate 21.5mcg; vitamin b12 1.1mcg; sodium 263mg; potassium 539mg; calcium 35mg; iron 2.1mg.