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Lisa’s 20 minute Bolognese Sauce: A Quick Answer to What’s for Sunday Dinner?

20 minute bolognese sauce

We’ve all been there- it’s Sunday, you (and your family and friends!) are hungry. But because you’ve been racing around all day, you haven’t had time to make anything, let alone a meat sauce that everyone craves and would love. The answer? Lisa’s 20 minute Bolognese sauce! Simmer for 20 minutes, and it’s the Sunday dinner (or even weeknight treat) that everyone will love. Buon appetito e tutti a tavola!

Watch Lisa make the full recipe on her YouTube channel here.

Lisa’s 20 minute Bolognese Sauce Ingredients:

20 minute bolognese sauce


½ cup chopped white onions
¼ cup chopped garlic
½ cup chopped carrot
½ cup chopped celery
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 lbs ground beef (80/20)
2 – 2 ½ cups smooth San Marzano tomatoes
¾ cup vegetable stock
1 – 1 ½ teaspoons ground nutmeg
2 teaspoons ground sea salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper


Lisa’s 20 minute Bolognese Sauce Directions:

Melt the EVOO and butter together and pour in chopped veggies. Sauté for 10 minutes until soft and translucent.

Add ground meat and sauté until thoroughly cooked with the olive oil, butter, and vegetables.

20 minute bolognese sauce

Add San Marzano tomatoes, vegetable stock, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Sauté over medium heat for 20 minutes with the lid on. Serve with pappardelle and pasta of your choice.

20 minute bolognese sauce


  • Lisa Caponigri

    Lisa Caponigri is the author of This is Sunday Dinner and Whatever Happened to Sunday Dinner?, published by Sterling Epicure. Both of Lisa's cookbooks brim with her memories of living in Italy, both as a child and as an adult raising her own family, anecdotes about her family, regional and seasonal Italian specialties, and all the advice needed to get a spectacular Sunday Dinner on the table, every Sunday of the year. She has developed a line of prepared foods and sauces called Lisa’s Italian Kitchen. Lisa debuted on HSN and has appeared on QVC. She has also appeared on a variety of television programs, including Seattle's New Day Northwest, Good Morning Toronto, Chicago's WGNLunchbreak, and New England Cooks, to name a few. Lisa is frequently consulted as an expert in Italian lifestyle and food. Lisa Caponigri lives in South Bend, IN and travels frequently to Italy to research the latest in "la dolce vita". Visit to learn more about Lisa!

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