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Bolognese Sauce

Recipe photo courtesy of David M. Russell

Martha's traditional Bolognese sauce recipe calls for half ground pork and half ground beef. It's not as heavily based on tomatoes as typical Italian-American meat sauces, in fact the meat is cooked with white wine, milk, and chicken stock in addition to tomatoes.



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  • neiltrust
    23 FEB, 2018
    Someone says the 6 cups chicken broth is an error, while I just ruined a pot of this (even after 3.5 hrs simmering) since it is so watered down now lacking a good tomato flavor. Added the rest of the tomato paste did not help.
  • cdmann2000
    12 AUG, 2017
    I added 4 cups chicken stock and I hope it reduces because it is so runny!!! It says to add 6? Is this correct?
    • cdmann2000
      13 AUG, 2017
      Ok so I used 4 cups stock and freaked out. Reduced for 4.5 hrs and it was great!! Add garlic though.....
    • cdmann2000
      12 AUG, 2017
      You have got to be joking! Just spent a fortune, time and effort only to find out u don't add chicken stock??? WTH!! I am so pissed off!!!
  • ALR3741742DW
    30 APR, 2017
    JW Adding 6 -7 cups of chicken stock can't be correct! This needs to be corrected
    • ljstetson7456271
      26 JUN, 2017
      It is an error. The correct recipe can be found here:
  • klan6629
    6 JUN, 2013
    Please advise: Step 3, last sentence is incomplete. "Season with 1..." what? Many thanks!
    • uniondyer
      20 NOV, 2014
      Many apologies, I meant to write salt and pepper.
    • uniondyer
      20 NOV, 2014
      I believe it should read "season with 1 to 2 fresh bay leaves."
  • Bobin
    7 OCT, 2013
    This is a very good authentic and basic recipe. I would advise to make sure you finely chop the onions, carrots and celery. I did a small to medium chop and even after hours of simmering I could still identify carrot rounds and celery bits. I think these ingredients are supposed to meld into the sauce. I did not use any chicken broth because I thought that would make it much too thin. I can't understand how they came up with 6 cups of broth.

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