Bolognese Pasta Sauce {Recipe: Gluten Free, Dairy Free} - Bolognese Sauce

Happy New Year! Wishing everyone a healthy and happy 2022 and that this year allows us all more time with those we love. 

I'm sharing a recipe that I received from our Italian exchange student's mom a few years ago. I had to adapt it a bit due to what we have available in the U.S. and it's been a family favorite ever since. 

It's naturally gluten and dairy free and requires you to have a day to dedicate to cooking this amazing sauce. A to of the time is hands off, but I like to make sure it's a day when I can be home. 

It's worth the time it takes to prepare and can be paired nicely with your favorite gluten free pasta and a gluten and dairy free bread to get every last bit of sauce. 


Bolognese Pasta Sauce 
Recipe by: Patsy K.

  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 stalks of celery, diced 
  • 1/4 cup parsley, minced
  • 2 onions, diced 
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and diced 
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine - use what you like to drink 
  • salt and pepper to taste 
  • 15 ounces tomato sauce

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, then add the celery, carrots, onion and parsley. Cook until softened, about 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the ground beef to the pot and cook for 30 minutes; adding water if the mixture begins to get too dry. 
  3. Once the beef has cooked for 30 minutes, add 1 and a 1/2 cups water and 1 and a 1/2 cups of wine and cook for another 20 minutes. It may take a bit longer to cook all the liquids down - it should have very little, if any, liquid left. 
  4. Next, you will cover the pot and turn off the heat and allow to "rest" for 3 hours. It can sit on the stovetop. 
  5. After the 3 hours, you will add salt, pepper and tomato sauce and allow to cook on medium heat for 2 hours. Keep the lid on for the first hour, then only allow it to be partially covered for the remaining time. Stir occasionally while it continues to cook. 
  6. Serve over gluten free pasta. Can be reheated or frozen with great results. 

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