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Pappardelle Pasta with the Best Homemade Bolognese Sauce #SundaySupper

Homemade Bolognese Sauce with Pappardelle Pasta

This Pappardelle with the Best Homemade Bolognese Sauce is one for a day when time is on your side. The wide noodles make the perfect vehicle for this rich, savory authentic Italian meat sauce.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Keyword Bolognese Pasta Recipe, Bolognese Recipe, Comfort Food Recipes, Pappardelle Bolognese Recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 50 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 652kcal
Author Christine Siracusa


  • ¼ cup unsalted butter ½ stick
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 2 large carrots peeled and finely diced
  • 2 large celery stalks finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
  • 4 ounces pancetta diced
  • ¾ pound Certified Angus Beef® brand ground beef
  • ¾ pound ground pork
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup low-sodium stock chicken or beef
  • 28 ounce whole tomatoes peeled San Marzano tomatoes and their liquid. Tomatoes can be crushed by hand or cut up.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ cup flat leaf parsley chopped
  • kosher salt
  • black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 pound pappardelle pasta cooked according to package instructions.


  • Melt butter in a large heavy pot or dutch oven over medium-high flame.
  • Add onion, carrot, celery, garlic, tomato paste and 1 teaspoon of kosher salt.
  • Saute, stirring frequently, for about five minutes. If the onion or garlic starts to brown reduce heat.
  • Add pancetta and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are fairly soft.
  • Add the beef and pork about a third at a time, allowing most of the liquid to evaporate before incorporating more.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, until all the pink is gone from the meat, all the liquid is evaporated and you can feel brown bits starting to stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Deglaze the pot with the cup of white wine. Make sure you get up all those bits. Then lower the heat so it doesn't start sticking again.
  • Add milk, broth, tomatoes, 1 teaspoon of kosher salt, a crack of freshly ground black pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to as low as possible maintaining a very lazy simmer. Add bay leaves and parsley.
  • Simmer on low, half covered, for four hours, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove bay leaves.
  • If the sauce has not completely thickened yet, increase heat slightly and simmer another 15 to 30 minutes with the lid off.
  • Serve with pasta and a healthy dose of freshly grated parmigiano reggiano.


Pot for Bolognese Sauce: Use a big enough pot that the various liquids will be able to almost entirely evaporate. In the end, the sauce should be mostly meat with a little bit of very thick tomato sauce holding it together.
Dicing the soffrito: Do your best to dice the onion, carrots, and celery (the soffrito) as evenly as you possibly can. Go for the ¼ inch dice. This is pretty much the only "work" involved in this recipe and the more exact you are the better it will be.
Add the Parmigiano: There's no Parmigiano Reggiano in the actual sauce but if you don't grate some on top before digging in you're senselessly depriving yourself. This is comfort food, after all.
Best Beef: We always recommend using Certified Angus Beef® brand for best flavor. 


Calories: 652kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 380mg | Potassium: 876mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 3725IU | Vitamin C: 15.5mg | Calcium: 166mg | Iron: 3.9mg