Bolognese Sauce

When I looked for a recipe for Bolognese sauce, I found numerous versions of it. Some even recommended using celery and carrot as well. What I discovered was that you can use any combination of ingredients, but beef mince and bacon are a must, and the sauce should be cooked to almost dry consistency. After several attempts, I arrived at this set of ingredients which was approved by my daughter and my son.

Bolognese Sauce

Bolognese Sauce


½ kg Minced beef

200 gm Bacon

2 medium-sized Onions

10 large Garlic cloves

6 large Tomatoes

2 T Oil

2 tsp (or to taste) Salt

2 tsp Chilli powder

1 tsp Pepper powder

¼ tsp dried Thyme

½ tsp dried Rosemary

1 tsp dried Basil

½ tsp dried Oregano


  1. Dice the onion and garlic.
  2. Chop the tomatoes and pulse in the mixie (blender) at speed 1 for 10 seconds.
  3. Chop the bacon into bite size pieces.
  4. Heat the oil in a non-stick wok or kadai.
  5. Fry the garlic and onion till the onion is translucent.
  6. Add the bacon and fry.
  7. Sprinkle the chillie and pepper powders and salt, mix well, and fry for a minute.
  8. Transfer the mince to the wok, blend well, and cook till it is almost dry.
  9. Pour the tomato juice over it, mix, add the dry spices, and stir.
  10. Cover the pan and cook on low heat till there is very little gravy left.
  11. Serve with boiled pasta or freshly baked Irish soda bread.

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