bolognese sauce with pasta

Red Bolognese Sauce Recipe

Treat yourself to rich, savory flavor with this Red Bolognese Sauce Recipe. By using ground beef, balsamic vinegar, and red wine, we achieve a taste perfect for pairing with your favorite noodles, stuffed peppers, lentils, and more!

Prep: 20Cook: 80Total: 1 hour 40 minutes
Yield 8 servings 1x


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced finely
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 2 28oz cans crushed San Marzano tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1/4 cup water (or more depending on how thin you want your sauce)
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese


  1. Heat a large pan with olive oil over medium high heat. Add in diced onion and carrots, and cook for a few minutes until they soften.
  2. Add in ground beef and break up/cook until slightly pink, add in garlic and let cook another minute.
  3. Add in oregano, basil, salt, and pepper. Then add in the tomatoes and tomato paste and stir.
  4. Stir in balsamic vinegar, red wine, water and parmesan cheese. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  5. Let simmer for at least 60 minutes, or 2-3 hours if you have the time. Enjoy!
Author: ErinCategory: dinner, lunch, meal-prep, gluten-freeMethod: stovetopCuisine: Italian