Italian Bolognese Sauce


Italian Bolognese Sauce

This is such a quick and easy sauce and tastes delicious.  It can be cooked with beef or pork mince, quorn mince or prepared on its own to serve with meatballs.

Serve with a little pasta or butternut squash noodles to make it even healthier! I also like to add some toasted ciabatta rubbed with a garlic clove for a less calorific version of garlic bread.

You will never want to buy a jar sauce again!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 500 g minced beef, pork or quorn (or omit and serve the tomato sauce over meatballs)
  • 400 g passata
  • 2 tsp mixed herbs
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Fry the onion in a little olive oil for 5 minutes to soften.  Add the garlic and cook for a further 1-2 minutes (being careful not to let the garlic burn).

  2. Add the mince at this point (if using).  If you are not using mince, omit this step.

  3. Add the passata, herbs, cinnamon, balsamic vinegar and season with some salt and pepper.

  4. Bring to the boil then reduce the heat and let it cook for at least 20 minutes (although the longer you can let it simmer for, the better it will taste - if you have 1 hour 30 mins to spare I would let it simmer away for this long, checking on it to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan).

  5. Serve with pasta or vegetable noodles and some garlic bread if you are feeling extra hungry.

Recipe Notes

You can also add some cherry tomatoes chopped in half when you add the passata if you want more texture.

This will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.


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