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


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  • 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; 8 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat; 44 mg cholesterol; 263 mg sodium. 539 mg potassium; 7 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 16 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 1094 IU vitamin a; 15 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 4 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 22 mcg folate; 1 mcg vitamin b12; 35 mg calcium; 2 mg iron;

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Rating: 4.0 stars
Really tasty, and easy to make! Fresh tomatoes at the store didn't look very good so I used a 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes & an 8 ounce can of tomato sauce & it worked just fine. Probably would be better w/fresh, though.
Rating: Unrated
Omit the extra salt, and add some chopped bell pepper. Great, great sauce! PERFECT for any use - over regular pasta, or use when making lasagna or eggplant/chix parm. Great!!