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Easy Bolognese Sauce (No Wine)

Easy Bolognese Sauce with no wine added and packed with vegetables, the best meat sauce to have with any kind of pasta, rice, couscous, jacket potatoes or gnocchi. It's a family-friendly recipe that can be easily cooked in a big batch and frozen until needed.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 346kcal


  • 500 g ground beef / minced beef ( 1.1 lb)
  • 2 tins chopped tomatoes (2 x 400 g, 13oz)
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 celery stick
  • ½ yellow pepper
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Italian herbs
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 cube beef stock
  • 3 cloves of garlic


  • Heat up the oil in a large pan, then peel and chop the onion and add it to it, leaving it to cook on a medium heat until golden.
  • Add the ground beef, and stir continuosly, until the beef is browned all over. 
  • Chop the carrot, pepper, garlic and celery stick, and add them to the pan together with the beef stock.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes and leave to cook until the sauce is reduced and thickened.
  • Season with salt, pepper, add the Italian herbs, and parsley, and remove from the heat.



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  • I find that the sauce has a deeper flavour if you brown the ground beef well, as opposed to just cooking it until no longer pink.
  • Once the mince is cooked, keep stirring it until it turns into a nice light brown colour and it's really dry. Do keep stirring it, as it could stick to the pan.
  • There is no need to add water or any other liquid to the sauce, the chopped tomatoes have enough liquid to them - cook the sauce until the tomatoes are really mushy and the sauce comes together nicely.


Calories: 346kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 390mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2689IU | Vitamin C: 32mg | Calcium: 62mg | Iron: 3mg