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Giada's Bolognese Sauce on tagliatelle on blue banded plate with fork

Giada’s Bolognese Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 25 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 60 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Cuisine: Italian


This simple and classic Bolognese pasta sauce from Giada is easy to make and so rewarding. Who doesn’t love a big bowl of meat sauce over pasta?


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1/4 c olive oil

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

1 celery stalk, chopped

1 carrot, chopped

1 lb ground chuck

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

1/4 c Italian leaf parsley, chopped

8 fresh basil leaves, chopped

Salt and fresh ground pepper

1/4 c fresh grated Pecorino or Parmesan


In a large skillet, heat olive oil until almost smoking. Add the onion and garlic and turn heat down to medium and cook until the onions become very soft, about 8 minutes. Add the celery and carrot and saute for 5 minutes.

Raise heat to high and add the ground beef and cook until it is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, parsley and basil and cook over medium-low heat until the sauce thickens – about 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Serve over pasta of your choice with more black pepper and grated cheese.