Recipe from my Italian mother-in-law, this classic sauce is a family favorite! It comes together in about 20 minutes, then simmers for another 30 or more for the best flavor! Serve with your favorite gluten-free pasta and you have an easy, 2 pan, crowd-pleasing dinner! Plus, probably some extra for another day.
Nonna’s Bolognese Sauce
Simple, Cozy and Delish!
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This Bolognese sauce is a classic!
Recipe from my Italian mother-in-law, it is an honor and joy to finally share it with all of you!
My mother-in-law is a bit of a legend when it comes to her cooking, especially her pasta sauces. This particular one is my son’s favorite. She showed us how she makes it earlier this Fall, and it has been on repeat ever since. Hence the name, Nonna’s Bolognese Sauce.
As we have made it A LOT in the last few weeks, I decided it was finally time to share it!
So simple, so easy and so delicious!
All you need is 5 main ingredients plus spices.
You’ll need a onion, ground beef, tomato paste, tomato sauce and wine. Plus olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, oregano and water.
And it comes together quickly.
First you saute the onion, adding the garlic when it’s just about cooked.
Then you add in the meat and saute it with the onion, seasoning it when it’s about half way cooked.
Then you add in the wine and listen to the fabulous sizzle! When the wine cooks off, you add in the oregano.
Stir in the tomato paste, then the tomato sauce.
Then add in boiling water (boiling it is key according to my mother-in-law!) and let it cook up!
You can add more water as it simmers to get a desired thickness.
Then, to make it taste extra creamy and just like the restaurants… when you make the pasta, reserve 1 cup of the salted pasta water.
Place a large ladle full of sauce in the pan the pasta cooked in, then add the cooked pasta, some additional sauce and mix it together. Add some of the reserved pasta water as desired to make the sauce creamier.
You could even add a drizzle of olive oil before or after mixing it all together.
Top with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil as desired, and enjoy!
Hope you love it as much as we do!
Scroll down for the recipe and leave a comment if you try.
Recipe from my Italian mother-in-law, this classic sauce is a family favorite that comes together in about 20 minutes, then simmers for another 30 or more for the best flavor! Serve with your favorite gluten-free pasta and you have an easy, 2 pan, crowd-pleasing dinner! Plus, probably some extra for another day.
In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add and sauté onion for about 5 minutes or until tender. Add minced garlic and saute an additional 1-2 minutes.
Add fresh ground beef, mix to combine and saute 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to the meat & onion mix and continue cooking another 3-5 minutes, or until meat is fully cooked.
Add wine (hear it sizzle!) and stir to combine. Then let wine boil off, approximately 5 minutes (generally you will no longer smell it).
Add oregano and mix to combine.
Add tomato paste and mix into meat/ onion mixture to combine.
Add tomato sauce and mix to combine, cook 1 minute.
Add boiling water, starting with 4 cups and stir well. Add more water as desired. Let simmer for at least 30 minutes.
Add more water depending on desired thickness.
Can be made ahead. When it heats up, sauce will thin up a bit and you can always add a touch more water.
Prepare your favorite gluten-free pasta according to package. Before draining, reserve 1 cup of salted pasta water.
Place a large ladel full of sauce into the hot pot the pasta just cooked in. Add the cooked pasta and more sauce. Stir and add reserve pasta water as desired to make extra creamy. Add a drizzle of olive oil as desired.
Serve into bowls. Top with Parmesan cheese if desired, top with fresh chopped basil if desired or even a drizzle of olive oil..
Hi! My name is Karen, and I’m the mom in our Healthy Gluten-Free Family. My posts and pictures here and on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter are labors of love that allow me to share a very personal journey with you, one our family has taken together — learning, experimenting and sharing how to raise a healthy happy gluten-free family. Read more ...