Classic Bolognese

Serves: 5-6

Prep: 10min

Cooking: 2h

Difficulty: medium

Christmas is approaching and I want to share with you some of my family’s recipes you can make during the Christmas holidays. Today I am going to share a Classic Bolognese recipe my mum always makes on 25th Dec. You can make some nice pappardelle or rigatoni with it.

Mamma Flora’s Tip: Add some pancetta for extra flavour


  • 1l tomato passata
  • 500g minced beef
  • 250g minced pork
  • 70g onion finely chopped
  • 70g carrot finely chopped
  • 70g celery finely chopped
  • 4 tea spoons tomato purée
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ glass of red wine
  • ½ glass of water
  • Rosemary
  • Bay leaves
  • Salt


  • 1 big pot


  • Place the carrot, onion and celery finely chopped in the pot with the olive oil, gently heat for 7-8min
  • Increase the heat to medium high and place the beef and pork in the pot with the rosemary and the bay leaves, stir it with a wooden spoon until you see some brown color forming on the bottom of the pot (more or less 10min)
  • Add the wine and let evaporate (3-4min)
  • Add the tomato purée and stir
  • After couple of minutes add the tomato passata and the ½ glass of water
  • Reduce the heat, salt it and leave to cook for 2 hours, stirring from time to time
  • Serve with pasta al dente and a sprinkle of parmesan

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