All Day Bolognese - Olive Branch Oil & Spice

All Day Bolognese

Nov 05, 2023

This is my ultimate comfort food - slow simmered bolognese.


  • 1 pound ground beef

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 yellow onion, grated

  • 2 celery hearts, finely diced

  • 2 carrots, finely diced

  • 2 garlic cloves, grated

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 1 cup whole milk

  • 1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • Pinch of ground nutmeg

  • 1 pound pasta (I like tagliatelle)

  • Grated parmesan for serving


  1. Heat oil and butter in a pot. Add the onion and garlic and cook for 3 minutes. Add the celery and carrot and cook for another 3 minutes.

  2. Add the ground beef and season with salt and pepper. Cook the meat breaking it up with your spoon until cooked through, about 5 minutes.

  3. Pour in the wine and cook until almost all the wine has evaporated. Pour in the milk, add the nutmeg and bring to a simmer. Add the tomatoes, breaking them up with your spoon, and stir to combine. Add the bay leaf and reduce to a low simmer. Simmer for at least 2 hours.

  4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. When the water is boiling cook the pasta to al dente. Drain reserving 1 cup of pasta water. Add the pasta to the sauce along with some of the pasta water and stir to combine. Serve with grated parmesan.

Takes 2.5 hours

Serves 4-6

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