Recipe: Penne alla Bolognese

One serving is never enough. Try this take on an Italian favorite.

The following recipe, created by Rossella Rago, appears on


  • 3 Tablespoons Botticelli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Carrots cut into a 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 Small Onion cut into a 1/4 inch dice
  • 1 Celery Stalk cut into a 1/4 inch dice
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Pound Meatloaf Mix, Veal, Pork and Beef
  • 1/2 Cup Red Wine
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 1-28 oz Can  Botticelli Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1 Pound Botticelli Penne


  1. Put a stock pot with a lid or a dutch oven over a medium flame and heat the oil. Add the carrots, onions, celery and rosemary to the pot and cook until softened, about 7-8 minutes.  
  2. Add the meat to the pan and cook until fully browned, about 5-7 minutes. Add the red wine to the pot and reduce for 2-3 minutes.  
  3. Add in the tomato paste and crushed tomatoes. Lower the flame and cover. Simmer for 35-40 minutes  or until the sauce has reduced and thickened slightly. Taste for seasoning and season with salt and pepper as desired.  
  4. Add the milk and butter to the pot. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.  
  5. Bring a large pot of generously salted water to a boil. Drop in the penne and cook until al dente.  Drain and add to the pot with the sauce. Toss for 1-2 minutes over a medium flame. Serve in warm bowls with plenty of grated parmigiano cheese.

Yield: Serves 4-6

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