Enjoy this classic, comforting recipe for homemade Sausage Bolognese sauce made with sweet Italian sausage, vegetables and white wine.
If you like a hearty meat sauce on top of your pasta, you're going to love this Sausage Bolognese.
The sauce is super flavorful, super easy to make and tastes great on top of pasta or mixed in with spaghetti squash. This recipe makes 4 cups and can be ready in 1 hour. It's gluten free and low carb/Keto diet friendly.
What is Bolognese?
Bolognese is a type of sauce made with meat in Italian cooking that originated in Bologna, Italy. The name 'bolognese' can also be referred to as a 'ragu'.
The sauce is much thicker than a traditional marinara or tomato sauce and creamier since it also contains milk.
As you can see, there are quite a few ingredients; however, most of them are pantry or staple items most people have on hand.
For this recipe you'll need the following ingredients:
Sweet Italian Sausage: You can use links with the casings removed or ground sausage. We prefer sweet sausage, but you can also use hot.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Milk: Milk helps to make the bolognese sauce creamier, but if you can't consume dairy, Oat milk would be a good alternative.
White Wine: Any white wine will work, but I used a Sauvignon Blanc.
Fire Roasted Diced Tomatoes: I keep these tomatoes on hand in my pantry because they taste great in so many recipes. However, you can use any diced tomatoes whether fresh or canned. You'll want to add the entire can with the juices.
How do you make Sausage Bolognese Sauce?
Start by adding the carrots, celery, onion and garlic to a mini food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
Add the butter and oil to a large skillet, melt over medium heat; then add the vegetables and cook 1-2 minutes. Next add the sausage, breaking apart the meat; then cook 5-7 minutes or until the sausage is no longer pink.
Add the milk and wine, stir; then cook until the liquid has evaporated. Finally, add the tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and simmer 30-40 minutes; stirring occasionally.
Sausage Bolognese can be served a few different ways including;
- on top of your favorite pasta like fettuccine, spaghetti or rigatoni
- in between layers of your favorite lasagna recipe
- with pasta alternatives like spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles
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- 3 pounds sweet italian sausage
- ¼ cup diced carrots
- ¼ cup diced celery
- ¼ cup diced onions
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ cup milk
- ½ cup white wine
- 1- (15-ounce) can fire roasted diced tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons parsley (fresh or dried)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Start by adding the carrots, celery, onion and garlic to a mini food processor and pulse until finely chopped.
- Add the butter and oil to a large skillet, melt over medium heat; then add the vegetables and cook 1-2 minutes.
- Next add the sausage, breaking apart the meat; then cook 5-7 minutes or until the sausage is no longer pink.
- Add the milk and wine, stir; then cook until most of the liquid has evaporated; approximately 5 minutes.
- Finally, add the tomatoes (with the juices), tomato paste and seasonings. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and simmer 30-40 minutes; stirring occasionally. (Yields: 4 cups)