Quick Bolognese Sauce

This meaty sauce from Michael Chiarello is a terrific version of the classic.

Slideshow: Meaty Pastas
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  • Servings: Makes 5 cups


  • 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
  • Boiling water
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced rosemary
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 1/2 cup prepared marinara sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

How to make this recipe

  1. Cover the porcini with boiling water and let stand until softened, about 20 minutes. Drain the mushrooms, reserving 1/4 cup of the soaking liquid. Finely chop the porcini.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, heat the oil until shimmering. Add the veal, pork and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper; cook over moderate heat, breaking up the meat with a spoon, until barely pink, about 7 minutes. Add the onion and rosemary and cook until the onion is softened and just starting to brown, about 7 minutes.

  3. Add the garlic and chopped porcini to the meat and cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and the 1/4 cup of porcini soaking liquid and cook, stirring occasionally, until almost evaporated, about 5 minutes. Add the stock and marinara sauce and bring to a boil. Cover partially and cook over moderately low heat until slightly reduced, about 7 minutes. Stir in the parsley and 2 tablespoons of the grated cheese. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of grated cheese.

Make Ahead

The sauce can be refrigerated for up to 2 days.

Serve With

Polenta By the Yard.

Contributed By Photo © Christina Holmes Published December 2013

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