Basic Meat (Bolognese) Sauce

Basic Meat (Bolognese) Sauce

This sauce has plenty of vegetables and is simmered in red wine. I recommend serving it with plenty of Parmesan cheese.

Ingredients: 2-4 servings

Canned tomatoes
1 can
Minced beef and pork blend
Olive oil
1-3 tablespoons
1 clove
●Onion (medium)
●Celery (narrow stalk)
1/3 (about 50g)
Red wine (optional)
50 ml
Tomato paste (I use Kagome brand)
about 1 tablespoon
Japanese Worcestershire-style Sauce
1 tablespoon
Soup stock cube
Salt and pepper
to taste
Your choice of herbs, such as bay leaf, thyme, oregano
to taste


1. Mince all of the ● vegetables and set aside. Heat the olive oil and garlic in a pot, and cook over low heat until the garlic becomes aromatic.
2. Add the onion, celery, and carrots, in that order. Cook slowly over low heat until onion becomes translucent.
3. Add the meat. Once the meat browns, add the red wine. Increase to high heat to cook off the alcohol.
4. Add the tomato paste and canned tomatoes (while crushing by hand). Fill the empty can to 2/3 full with water, and add while rinsing out the contents.
5. Add the soup stock and your choice of herbs, and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to mix to prevent burning.
6. For the final step, add the Japanese-style Worcestershire sauce, season with with salt and pepper to taste, and it's complete. Enjoy this over pasta or rice gratin.

Story Behind this Recipe

I learned this recipe from one of my superiors when I worked in a restaurant kitchen. In order to teach it to my friend, I made this simple recipe of our restaurant's Bolognese sauce.