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Easy Bolognese Sauce

Whip up an Italian classic with a family-friendly recipe for Easy Bolognese Sauce made with an authentic blend of garlic, onions and dried herbs, plus a mix of ground beef and Italian sausage that delivers big flavor in every bite.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 8 servings


  • 1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon light brown sugar, plus more to taste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Italian sausage (sweet or spicy), casings removed
  • 1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 (28-oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper


  • Add the olive oil to a large, heavy-bottomed stock pot set over medium-low heat, then add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to medium. Add the ground beef and Italian sausage and cook, breaking apart the meat with a spatula, until it is cooked through and no longer pink, 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Add the tomato paste and fennel seeds and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomato paste begins to caramelize, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, dried oregano and brown sugar. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pot and simmer the sauce for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the lid, taste and season the sauce with salt, pepper and additional brown sugar as desired, then serve.
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