An Italian-inspired pasta loaded with homemade bolognese sauce. The dish is so EASY to make and packed with so much flavor.

Bolognese pasta in a white bowl topped with parmesan cheese and fresh greens.

Pasta Bolognese Recipe-

The traditional recipe uses ground beef sauteed with vegetables and cooked in broth and marinara sauce with heavy whipping cream for richness served over tagliatelle or pappardelle. Though the recipe takes slightly longer than a simple meaty spaghetti, it’s worth the extra time.

Bolognese pasta topped with cheese and greens.

How to Make Bolognese-


  • Saute vegetables– In a Dutch oven or skillet with a thick bottom, saute the vegetables and diced tomatoes until tender.
  • Brown beef– Add the beef and cook until browned, breaking up as it’s cooked.
  • Broth– Pour the broth and seasoning and allow the mixture to simmer for about 20 minutes or until liquids evaporate.
  • Sauce– Add the marinara (pasta sauce) and bring to a soft boil. Pour in the heavy whipping cream and bring to a soft boil.


  • Pasta– Cook your favorite pasta al dente. Drain water.

Chef’s TIP– Check out our detailed post on homemade bolognese sauce.

Though we love using vegetables
for the sauce that we list, feel free to use whatever you have on hand.
A white plate full of pasta and bolognese sauce next to a rag and sliced bread.

How to serve Bolognese?

Bolognese may be served with just about any pasta. Once the pasta is cooked, serve the meaty bolognese sauce over the pasta and freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Enjoy homemade breadsticks and a light side salad for a complete meal.

How to store Bolognese?

  • Fridge– Store bolognese meat sauce in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Then, reheat and serve over the hot pasta of choice.
  • Freeze– You can freeze the sauce for up to 3 months.
  • With Pasta – Refrigerate up for four days. To reheat, cook over med/low heat until reheated. We like to add some butter during the reheating. (NOTE: We recommend not freezing the bolognese with the pasta.)
A white bowl full of bolognese pasta with parmesan cheese and greens.

Friends, I hope this classic Italian recipe becomes a family favorite, as it has become with ours. It truly is a fantastic recipe.

Classic Bolognese Recipe

Author: Valentina
5 from 1 vote
A classic Italian pasta recipe made with a delicious homemade bolognese sauce. The ultimate pasta dinner the whole family will LOVE!
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings



  • Prepare a recipe of bolognese sauce.
  • Cook the pasta according to package instructions.
    Drain the pasta.
  • To serve, add pasta to a bowl and top with the bolognese sauce.
    Enjoy with freshly grated parmesan cheese!


140kcal Calories28g Carbs5g Protein1g Fat1g Saturated Fat2mg Sodium84mg Potassium1g Fiber1g Sugar8mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Classic Bolognese Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 2mg0%
Potassium 84mg2%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 5g10%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
(The nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)