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Best Braces-Friendly Bolognese Sauce

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In honor of National Spaghetti Day, we are sharing the OrthoBee’s favorite braces-friendly bolognese sauce. This is one of the few times when chopped liver is a good thing! Bon appetit!

Ingredients (for 1 lb of pasta):

3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

2 oz bacon (about 2 strips), chopped

1 large carrot, grated

2 medium celery stalks, grated

1/2 medium onion, chopped

1 lb ground beef

1/2 lb liver chopped (optional)

3/4 cup chicken broth

2/3 cup white wine

2 tbsp tomato paste

salt, pepper, brown sugar to taste


  1. Add olive oil and bacon over low heat. Stir until brown, about 8 minutes.
  2. Add carrots, celery and onion and stir over medium heat until onions become translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add ground beef and chopped liver (optional), stirring until beef is browned.
  4. Add broth, wine and tomato paste, stirring over low heat until the sauce is thick and consistent.
  5. Add seasoning (salt, pepper, brown sugar) to taste.
  6. Allow to cool and refrigerate overnight before reheating to serve.


  1. Use a mandolin to grate the carrots and celery.
  2. Prepare all ingredients before starting to cook.
  3. Add extra carrots, celery or onions if you accidentally overseason.
  4. Add milk or heavy cream if you prefer an even heavier sauce.
  5. Freeze any leftover sauce.

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