Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce

According to my friend Mike Puma at Gotham Burger Social Club, he claims that the original recipe for bolognese sauce did not contain tomato sauce, but tomato paste. I did not take the time to research it, but as a fellow Italian who probably did, I am going to take his word for it. Even if not, this is a fantastic recipe worthy of trying. It is not hard, and only takes a little patience.


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Cook the beef first, it does not have to be brown throughout, remember, this is going to cook for cook for 2-3 hours.
  2. Add finely chopped vegetables, cook until softened.
  3. Add in a tablespoon of butter, stir in, allow to cook another couple minutes.
  4. Add in 1 can of tomato paste (6 ounce can) and stir until it’s all dissolved and mixed in well.
  5. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes.
  6. Add in 1 cup whole milk, cook until the sauce is reduced.
  7. Once reduced, add in another cup of whole milk.
  8. When it reduces again, there should not be a lot of liquid, once it is mostly meat, add in 1 cup of beef broth.
  9. Allow to cook, uncovered, for at least 2 hours. Take a clean spoon, taste, adjust seasoning (salt) and see if the meat is tender enough to chew.
  10. Serve over rigatoni or your favorite pasta and save the rest for another dish like leftovers, lasagna, etc.