The BEST homemade bolognese sauce


Hands down the BEST homemade bolognese sauce ever! The flavors in this sauce are unreal and it will soon become your new go to sauce for pasta night!

Homemade bolognese sauce

This spaghetti bolognese is what dreams are made of. Seriously! Take one bite and you’ll think you are dining in a fancy restaurant in Italy. It tastes so amazing, that I had one bowl and had to go back for another. I could have eaten it all on it’s own. The flavors are SO good! I’m telling you, you have to make this sauce. So much better than the canned stuff. It comes together pretty quickly as well. Serve over your favorite pasta (we love it over spaghetti noodles or zoodles).


This bolognese recipe has all of your favorite ingredients such as fire roasted tomatoes, garlic, brown sugar, half and half and wine (or you can substitute for pomegranate juice like I did). The flavors marinate so well together and once you make this recipe you won’t ever go back to your old one.

Spaghetti bolognese

This bolognese recipe comes from my friend Jessica’s (How Sweet Eats) AMAZING new cookbook: The Pretty Dish. It’s  filled with 150 brand-new recipes (that take less than 60 minutes to make), along with themed menus, party ideas, killer playlists, and inventive beauty projects. It is such a fun book and I can’t wait to try more recipes (and ALL of the beauty masks). Every page is absolutely gorgeous!! I love when cookbooks have full page photos, don’t you?

The best part about this recipe is that it’s made in one pot. The longer it cooks, the more flavor that comes out. So much flavor!

One pot bolognese recipe

This sauce also makes a lot, so we always end up freezing half for another time. Simply place the leftovers in a zip top bag and then let it cool. Press flat and then store in the freezer for up to 3 months. When ready to eat, let thaw in the refrigerator over night and then reheat on low on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. Perfect for a busy night. Easy bolognese recipe

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The BEST homemade bolognese sauce

Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: homemade bolognese sauce
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 341 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

This sauce is amazing! It goes so well with all of your favorite pasta dishes!



  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 sweet onion diced (about 1 cuped)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt + pinch
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork or pork sausage
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup dry red wine I used pomegranate juice
  • 2 cans 14 ounces fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can 28-ounce crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan


  1. In a large pot , melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic with a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, or until translucent. Increase the heat to medium and add the beef and pork. Remove any excess grease. Add in the remaining teaspoon of salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the meat is browned.
  2. Next add the brown sugar, half-and-half, wine (or pomegranate juice), diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and parmesan. Stir well and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Cover and cook an additional 20 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.
  3. Serve over your favorite pasta.

Recipe Notes

This sauce can also be made in the slow cooker. Cook the onions and meat, then add in the slow cooker with the remaining ingredients and let it cook all day on low.

Nutrition Facts
The BEST homemade bolognese sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 341 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 78mg 26%
Sodium 472mg 20%
Potassium 459mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 18g 36%
Vitamin A 7.3%
Vitamin C 6.4%
Calcium 9.1%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Homemade bolognese sauce

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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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11 comments on “The BEST homemade bolognese sauce”

  1. Jamielyn this looks amazingly delicious!! I’m definitely going to have to check out her cookbook and whip something up!

  2. thank you so so so much for sharing!! xoxoxo

  3. Such a great recipe! I love bolognese sauce and this definitely tastes amazing! Thanks for sharing =)

  4. My mouth is watering just reading your post! I can’t wait to try this out! I love spaghetti and always looking for new sauces and yours looks so delicious!
    Thank you for the great post!

  5. Awesome! The flavors truly developed. I have already shared this recipe with friends after one taste. 

  6. Making this asap since it came so highly recommended! Can’t wait to try it over spaghetti squash!

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