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Quick and Easy Sunday Bolognese

This is just as delicious as those simmer-all-day-long sauces, but in a fraction of the time thanks to the help of a high quality store-bought sauce!

You can really make this recipe your own depending on how plant-forward or meat-forward you choose to eat.

The key for me is the vino. That's what takes this from "just another sauce" to "hot dam* this is good"!

I also tried a little secret technique to get the veggies to disappear and just meld into the sauce. That's not so I can "HIDE" veggies for my kids as I don't believe in that. Instead, its to keep the consistency and texture of the dish.

Bon Appetit!


  • 1 9oz container of mushrooms, minced

  • 2 Tbsp EVOO

  • 1 cup carrots, roughly chopped

  • 1 cup celery, roughly chopped

  • 1 cup sweet onion, roughly chopped

  • 1 lb ground chicken (traditional Bolognese calls for ground beef, so you can use that, ground chicken, ground turkey, or even crumbled extra firm tofu)

  • 1 lb ground pork (same as above)

  • 1 32 oz jar store-bought marinara (I love Michael's of Brooklyn)

  • 1 can tomato sauce

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (optional)

  • 1 cup good red wine (we order our from an amazing winery in Washington State called Pondera Winery)

  • salt to taste

  • 1-2 lb wide pasta noodles, such as pappardelle or tagliatelle

  • Parmesan cheese to taste


  • In a large saucepan cook mushrooms until browned on medium high heat, about 5-10 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.

  • Add EVOO, carrots, celery, and onions and sauté until they're just tender, about 3 minutes. Remove from pan, pulse in food process for 10-15 seconds, then return to pan along with mushrooms and both meats of choice.

  • Cook until browned, breaking up the meat as you stir.

  • Pour in jar of store-bought marinara sauce and tomato sauce and simmer.

  • After about 10 minutes pour in 1/2 cup of wine. Let simmer for about 10 minutes and pour in second 1/2 cup of wine. Let simmer for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens.

  • Optional: When the sauce has reached your desired consistency, stir in the heavy cream.

  • Remove from heat, and serve over your favorite pasta—we like to use pappardelle or tagliatelle—and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Compliments to The Modern Proper for the recipe inspo!

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Jill Winkler
Jill Winkler
Oct 11, 2021

I was lucky enough to be able to be a part of this Sunday family meal and it was sensational. The Bolognese was meaty and complex. Hmmm...could eat this day and night!😍

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