Classic Bolognese Meat Sauce

Ragù alla Bolognese


Preparation info

  • Makes enough for

    1 pound

    dried pasta
    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      3 hr 30

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How to Cook Italian

How to Cook Italian

By Giuliano Hazan

Published 2005

  • About

Ragù is a generic term for a slow-cooked meat sauce usually with tomatoes. This is the famous meat sauce of Emilia Romagna (of which Bologna is the capital). Practically everyone from this region makes their own version with subtle changes from one generation to another. My family is from Emilia Romagna and we are no exception. I learned to make the sauce from my mother, Marcella, who learned it from my grandmother Mary. This recipe is how I make it