Bolognese Sauce with Nutmeg

    2 hours 25 minutes

    This is a very special bolognese sauce, zesty and bright. You can also adjust the amount of carrot and nutmeg to your own particular taste - this is how I like it.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 750g beef mince
    • 7 carrots, coarsely chopped
    • 1 small white onion, chopped
    • 4 slices ham
    • 125g butter
    • 440ml beef stock
    • 180g tomato paste
    • 1 lemon, zested
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 pinch dried basil
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
    • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

    Preparation:25min  ›  Cook:2hours  ›  Ready in:2hours25min 

    1. Place beef mince in a large, deep frypan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble very finely and set aside.
    2. In a food processor, chop the carrots, onion and ham.
    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 stock, tomato paste, lemon zest, bay leaves, basil and nutmeg. Simmer over lowest heat, partially covered, for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
    4. Immediately before serving, stir in cream and mix well.

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    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 cheese grater to shred the carrot. Also the recipe needs to be more specific about what type of ham you should use. It says slices so I guess bacon maybe? No, I wouldn't use american bacon for a classic italian pasta sauce. I would used thinly sliced cured italian ham, more commonly referred to as prosciutto. I give only two stars because they need to tweak the proportions of the recipe and be more specific as to how much and what kind of ham to use.  -  04 Nov 2003  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    I have been looking for a quick and delicious Bolognese sauce and this is definately it. I could have ate the whole pot myself.  -  04 Apr 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    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.  -  05 Oct 2002  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)