Bolognese sauce

This is a tasty meat sauce. Serve with pasta of choice or as filler in pitas or wraps.


• 15ml olive oil
• I tbsp. butter
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
• 1 medium carrot, grated
• 125g white mushrooms
• 2 big cloves of crushed garlic
• ¼ cup of chopped bacon bits or ham chunks or chorizo sausage
• 500g of mince
• 2,5ml of dried thyme
• Salt and black pepper to taste
• 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
• 1 tbsp. of tomato paste
• 1 cup of beef stock
• 1 tbsp. wine
• 1 teaspoon of sugar


• Heat the olive oil and butter.
• Fry the onion and celery until soft.
• Add the grated carrot and mushrooms. Cook until soft.
• Fry the garlic but don’t brown.
• Lightly fry the bacon, ham or chorizo.
• Cook the mince with the seasoning.
• Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, beef stock, wine and sugar.
• Simmer gently with the lid off for about 10 minutes.
• Continue to simmer with the lid on for about 40 minutes or until the mince is cooked.


• For a saucier sauce, add some water.
• Add some parmesan when serving with pasta.
• Blend the sauce if you want to make it smoother and the vegetables less visible.

Wendy Roux

Wendy Roux

Wendy Roux is a mother of a teen and a 12 year old. She has worked in teaching, the corporate environs and publishing. She is also the author of Checklist Parenting, aimed at parents of young school going children. The handbook offers parenting checklists, covering a range of topics, in a well laid out, easy to read format


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