Olive Garden Bolognese

This recipe for the Olive Garden Bolognese has been on the Internet for years. It is rumored to be their actual recipe. I haven’t seen this recipe on their menu for a long time. This isnít the typical meat sauce that you get there. This one is packed full of fresh vegetables, and it should be on their menu. I thought adding carrots to this sauce sounded a bit strange, but actually it’s quite good. Surprisingly good. I think this recipe could lend itself to whatever you have in your refrigerator and want to use up. This is a very flavorful sauce that goes well on many different types of pasta.

Olive Garden Bolognese

Olive Garden Bolognese

homemade Olive Garden Beef Bolognese over pasta on a platter

Olive Garden Bolognese

You can recreate the Olive Garden Bolognese at home with this copycat recipe.
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Bolognese, Olive Garden Recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 323kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrot
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 6 ounces Italian sausage removed from skin
  • 1 cup red wine (Merlot or Pinot Noir recommended)
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped (or 1/4 teaspoon dry)
  • 1 teaspoon fresh sage


  • Heat oil in a large pan. Add celery, carrot, onion, and garlic and cook about 5 minutes. Add meat and cook 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. De-glaze pan with wine; let it reduce. Add tomatoes and remaining ingredients and stir; simmer for about 1 hour. Serve over fresh, hot pasta.


Calories: 323kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 651mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 285IU | Vitamin C: 15mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 3mg
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I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home, and CopyKat.com's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Andrea

    I can’t get over how MEAN people can be in their comments/reviews, of recipes that a chef is kind enough to go to the time & trouble, to post/photograph! If you don”t have something nice to say…don”t say anything at all!

  2. Margaret deVries

    the original Bolognaise sauce had no vegetables or italian sausage…..I wish they would bring it back…
    Think it had a creamier tomato sauce….been so long…..but it was my favourite

  3. Laina

    I used to work for Olive Garden and I can tell you that this is not the original recipe. There was a lot of cream, three different meats and tomato suace, but not much veggies.

  4. Perry

    5 stars
    I’ve made this recipe several times in the last few weeks. It’s turning into a favorite of my husband and mine. We eat it on pasta with garlic bread. It’s also very easy to make as long as I plan ahead a bit. Thanks for this! 🙂

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