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Ultimate Bolognese Recipe Grilled on Arteflame: Smoky & Delicious

beautifully plated Bolognese pasta served outdoors

Ultimate Bolognese Recipe Grilled on the Arteflame Grill


For the Bolognese Sauce:

  • 1 lb ground beef (85% lean)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 cans (28 oz each) crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For Grilling:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup wood chips (optional, for smoky flavor)

For Serving:

  • 1 lb spaghetti or your preferred pasta
  • Freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh basil or parsley, chopped



  1. Prepare the Vegetables: Finely chop the onion, carrots, and celery. Mince the garlic cloves.

Cooking the Bolognese Sauce

  1. Preheat the Grill: Preheat your Arteflame grill.
  2. Cook the Vegetables: Pour some olive oil on the flat cooktop.  Add the chopped onion, carrots, and celery. Cook until softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  3. Add the Garlic: Stir in the minced garlic and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until fragrant.  Once done, move the food to the outside of the cooktop to keep warm.

Grilling the Meat

  1. Grill the Meat: Push the vegetables to one side of the cooktop. Add the ground beef and ground pork to the other side. Cook until browned, breaking it up with a spatula, about 8-10 minutes. Mix the vegetables and meat together.
  2. Sauce with Wine: Pour the red wine into a skillet. Let the wine simmer and reduce by half, about 5 minutes.

Simmering the Sauce

  1. Add Dairy and Tomatoes: Pour in the whole milk and let it simmer until mostly absorbed. Add the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, dried oregano, dried basil, bay leaf, salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. Simmer the Sauce: Move the skillet to a cooler part of the grill to simmer gently. Ideally, the sauce simmers for 1.5 to 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until thickened and flavors have melded together. If the sauce thickens too much, add a bit of water or beef broth to reach the desired consistency.

Cooking the Pasta

  1. Cook the Pasta: About 15 minutes before the sauce is ready, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti or your preferred pasta according to the package instructions until al dente. Drain and set aside.  To give the pasta a tasty crunch, briefly grill it on the flat cooktop for a quick sear before serving.


  1. Combine Pasta and Sauce: Remove the bay leaf from the Bolognese sauce. Toss the cooked pasta with the sauce to coat evenly.
  2. Garnish and Serve: Serve the Bolognese topped with freshly grated Parmesan cheese and chopped fresh basil or parsley.

Tips for Perfect Bolognese

  • Quality Ingredients: Use high-quality ground meats and fresh vegetables for the best flavor.
  • Low and Slow: Allow the sauce to simmer slowly to develop deep, rich flavors.
  • Delicious Smokiness: Let wood smoke of the grill infuse a subtle smoky flavor into the Bolognese sauce.

Enjoy Your Bolognese

This Bolognese recipe grilled on the Arteflame grill offers a unique and delicious twist on a classic Italian dish. The rich, hearty sauce pairs perfectly with your favorite pasta, creating a meal that’s sure to impress your family and friends at your next outdoor gathering.

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