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Easy Parmesan Polenta Bolognese Recipe

Parmesan Polenta Bolognese Recipe: Hearty meat sauce layered over creamy Parmesan polenta and topped off with fresh parsley and grated Parmesan. 

Course Dinner
Cuisine American, Italian
Keyword Bolognese
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 481 kcal
Author Holly Sander


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef (90% lean)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup canned crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened (or regular milk if preferred)
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan + more for garnish
  • Parmesan Polenta - see recipe here
  • Chopped Italian parsley for garnish


  1. Sautee onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in a skillet with olive oil for 10 minutes over medium heat.  Stir the veggies a few times.

  2. Add ground beef, and ½ teaspoon salt and pepper.  Crumble the meat with a heatproof spatula and cook until the beef is no longer pink.

  3. Add tomato paste, wine, and crushed tomatoes then simmer for 15 minutes uncovered.

  4. Add milk and let the sauce come to a gentle simmer, stirring frequently.  Add nutmeg, then continue cooking at a gentle simmer for another 20 minutes, uncovered.

  5. Stir in 4 tablespoons Parmesan, and salt and pepper to taste.   Serve over Polenta Parmesan, and garnish with chopped parsley and grated Parmesan.