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Ever have a hungry day?

I’m having one of those eat everything in sight days. I find I have those when I’ve short changed my protein goals the day before. Or maybe its the change in the weather. It’s slightly cooler here in North Texas and I was craving something  hearty. I went to one of my all time favorite cookbooks from  my collection. The North End Italian Cookbook by Marguerite DiMino Buonopane.  The pages are tattered and stained and some of them are no longer connected to the binding. While the purpose of the Cookbook Addict series was to thin down our collection, this one is a keeper. I have multiple recipes that I love and look forward to sharing with you. Flipping though the pages I landed on her Bolognese Sauce Recipe. Sounded like just what I needed to cure my hungry day.

Bolognese Sauce Recipe, What’s not to like?

What is Bolognese Sauce? Ground beef, garlic, onions and tomatoes, Layers of flavor from browning the beef with generous amounts of dried basil, mint and red pepper. The richness of tomato paste. A white wine deglazes the pan, coupled with diced tomatoes cooked down and finished with  heavy cream. I can’t wait, good thing this is essentially a 30 minute recipe. It can be ready that fast! I’m making it today so I can have a quick snack. This recipe feeds 6-8 people. I generally make this on Saturday and save it for a quick Monday night meal. The flavors of the Bolognese sauce develop over the day or two between cooking and eating. A simple salad and 10-11 minutes to cook the pasta and its a perfect meal after a hectic Monday.

Fun with words

We love to laugh and we aren’t too proud to be silly. Today while I was making the Bolognese Sauce Recipe, Jeff kept coming into the kitchen asking how my bologna sauce was doing. Followed by singing “My bologna has a first name…”


Gather your ingredients. I always try to do this before. This few moments of preparation can save you from making mistakes, like forgetting key ingredients.

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Assemble your ingredients
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Browning the ground beef is the first layer of flavor in this recipe. Do it in batches if necessary to not over crowd the pan
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Add garlic, onion and seasonings and continue to brown. Once browned, add tomato paste stirring to combine, Deglaze the pan with white wine. Scraping all the bits off the bottom and developing additional layers of flavor.
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Add the tomatoes and simmer. Adjust seasonings to taste. Remove from heat and add heavy cream

Confessions of a Cookbook Addict Bolognese Sauce


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 lb ground meat (preferably half ground pork and 1/2 ground beef)
  • 3 garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 tablespoon each dried basil, mint and red pepper
  • 1 can tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 28 ounce can peeled or crushed tomatoes
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream or half and half


  1. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet or dutch oven. Add ground meat and cook on high until partly browned but not burned, stirring often with a wooden spoon. Add garlic onion and seasonings. Brown the meat until cooked through and a little crisp on the bottom.
  2. Lower the heat and add the tomato paste, stirring constantly until well combined. Add wine to deglaze the pan and cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes. Scraping the bits from the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add tomatoes and keep stirring until sauce is bubbly. Lower heat and adjust seasoning to taste, Simmer for 10-15 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream or half and half. Stir and simmer for a few more minutes.
  5. Serve over manicotti, lasagna, ravioli or homemade fettuccine.


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PS This post was originally published in September of 2016 and was updated July 20, 2017

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