Published Mar 21st
Prep 25m Cook 2h Additional - Ready In 2h 25m
Servings 6 servings Calories 469.1

This sauce is very different than the other bolognese already listed. It takes a little work, but after you make it once or twice it is really easy… and SO GOOD! My dad used to make it for us almost every weekend, and now I make it for my family!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds ground beef
  • 7 carrots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 4 slices ham
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 (14 ounce) can beef broth
  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 pinch dried basil
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Place ground beef in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble very finely and set aside.
  2. 2 In a food processor, chop the carrots, onion and ham.
  3. 3 Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir in carrot mixture and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in cooked beef, beef broth, tomato paste, lemon zest, bay leaves, basil and nutmeg. Simmer over lowest heat, partially covered, for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. 4 Immediately before serving, stir in cream and mix well.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 469.1
  • Carbohydrate 12.8 g
  • Cholesterol 129.1 mg
  • Fat 34.3 g
  • Fiber 3.7 g
  • Protein 28 g
  • Saturated Fat 17.3 g
  • Sodium 1092.6 mg
  • Sugar 6.6 g


  1. It turned out really great with several modifications. You certainly don't have to make it this way; I just really preferred it. I used 8 carrots a total of 9 oz of tomato paste 1 medium to large sized white onion 0.8 lbs of ham and 2 lbs of ground buffalo. Also as recommended in - Read more ...
  2. My husband toddler and I loved this sauce. It cooks up quickly and is delicious. I grated the carrots (we don't currently have a processor and it's easier for my young toddler to handle) and used 1 1/2 tsp basil and a pinch of nutmeg instead of what the recipe called for. I thought it - Read more ...
  3. I didn't like it.
  4. My family didn't care for the nutmeg flavor. Too many carrots. Wasn't that good...will try again w/ fewer carrots and no nutmeg.
  5. When I did the recipe I didn't really think about the ratio of nutmeg to basil in the ingedients. But the first bite I took I thought to myself. "Uhhhh Christmas Bolognese?" I think that it should be 1 1/2 tsp of dried basil and a pinch of nutmeg. I would also suggest using a - Read more ...
  6. This recipe is really easy to put together and great for family gatherings (one pot of sauce for all!). The lemon zest adds a little zing to the bolognese sauce and the cream just makes it so yummy (I put in two tablespoons of cream).
  7. I have been looking for a quick and delicious Bolognese sauce and this is definately it. I could have ate the whole pot myself.
  8. You might as well simply chop up some carrots boil some pasta then throw the carrots on top. This recipe should be called Dad's Carrot Meat Sauce. Yep doublecheck those ingredients and then do a double take: There are SEVEN carrots in this recipe. Four big thumbs-down from the family.
  9. WOW!!!! That was simple flavorful and one of the best homemade bolognese sauces I've ever come across! Many thanks for that recipe!