Quick Bolognese

Quick Bolognese

Trade the traditional hours-long recipe for a quicker bolognese, made in the microwave! Toss with hot pasta or start a lasagna with this decadent sauce, no stovetop required.

All of Anyday’s recipes are tested (and retested!) in many different microwaves and home kitchens to make sure they work — and work well.

2 cups

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To find your microwave’s wattage, look at the front panel, the side of the door, in the back, in the user manual, or Google the model number. If both an input and output wattage are listed, use the output.

Wattage translates to how powerful the microwave is. The higher the wattage, the faster your food will cook. The lower the wattage, the longer the cook time.

When in doubt, start with less time — you can always add more.


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Product Size

  • Small Dish
  • Medium Shallow
  • Large Shallow
  • Medium Deep
  • Large Deep

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

8-10 mins

Free Time

to pour a glass of Italian wine


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tablespoons celery, finely minced
  • 1 small carrot, peeled and grated
  • 10 oz (280g) lean ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 cup (240g) crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 5 basil leaves, thinly sliced


  1. Combine olive oil, onion, garlic, celery, and carrots in the Anyday and mix well. Cover with lid (knob lifted) and cook in the microwave for 2-3 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the meat, milk, tomatoes, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Continue cooking for 6-7 minutes or until meat is cooked through and the sauce has reduced.
  3. Add basil and adjust seasoning to taste. 
  4. Save Time with Anytime Trays: Allow sauce to cool, about 10-15 minutes. Portion sauce evenly into the Anytime Trays, cover with lid and freeze. 

Serving suggestions & tips

  • Add a pinch of chili flakes for a spicy kick.
  • For a leaner option, substitute beef for ground turkey or chicken.
  • Use this sauce to start lasagna, toss with hot pasta or serve with zucchini.
  • Microwave ovens vary, even with the same wattages. Adjust cooking times as needed.