Bolognese Sauce (Instant Pot or Stovetop)

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Another good recipe to “stock up” on when the tomatoes are plentiful. You can multiply the recipe to suit how many tomatoes you have…and the size of your pot!

(updated Oct 2022 to include Instant Pot directions.)

I have a garden again after many years.  And more tomatoes than I know what to do with! So what could I do but get out my trusty Bolognese recipe? All those years ago, Instant Pots did not exist, but as I love my Instant Pot, I wanted to update the recipe to use it. I made a double batch of this sauce in my 6 Quart pot.

Bolognese Sauce

Joan Donogh
Classic tomato and meat sauce.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Course Main
Cuisine American


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 stalk celery diced
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 3 cups fresh tomatoes peeled and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 can 13 oz. tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup red wine


Instant Pot Directions

  • Press the Saute button on the Instant Pot, and wait a few minutes for it to heat up.
  • Add oil to the Instant Pot and add onion, garlic, celery and carrot. Cook and stir for about 5 minutes to soften.
  • Add ground beef and cook and stir for another few minutes until the meat is browned. Drain off excess fat if required (I used lean ground beef and did not have any excess fat.)
  • Add wine and beef stock to the pot and scrape the bottom of the pot to deglaze.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients EXCEPT for the tomato paste. Seal the Instant Pot and set to Pressure Cook for 10 minutes. When the cooking time is done, leave for a 10 minute natural release, then release any remaining pressure and open the pot.
  • Stir in the tomato paste, press the Cancel button, and then press the Saute button and cook the sauce for a few minutes until it is as thick as you like.
  • Turn off the Instant Pot, remove the bay leaves. Serve with pasta, or cool and freeze.

Stovetop Directions

  • Heat oil in a large pot. Add onion, garlic, celery and carrot. Cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add ground beef and cook until browned. Drain off excess fat.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour.
  • Remove from heat, remove bay leaves. Serve with pasta, or cool and freeze.


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