Bolognese sauce, also known as ragù alla bolognese in Italian, is a rich and savory meat-based sauce that hails from the city of Bologna in northern Italy. The sauce is typically made with a combination of ground beef and pork, as well as aromatic vegetables like onions, celery, and carrots, which are cooked down with tomato paste and broth until thick and flavorful.
One of the most popular ways to enjoy bolognese sauce is to serve it over a bed of pasta, such as spaghetti or tagliatelle, for a hearty and satisfying meal. The combination of tender pasta and meaty sauce creates a perfect balance of flavors and textures that is beloved by pasta lovers around the world.
While there are many variations of bolognese sauce, the authentic recipe is carefully regulated by the Italian Academy of Cuisine, which requires the use of specific ingredients and cooking methods to ensure a truly authentic and delicious result. Whether you’re looking for a comforting weeknight dinner or a special occasion meal, pasta alla bolognese is a classic dish that never fails to impress.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 1 onion, finely chopped
- 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
- 2 carrots, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1 cup red wine
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil
- 1 pound pasta (spaghetti or tagliatelle)
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, celery, and carrots and sauté for about 5 minutes, until they start to soften.
- Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute, until fragrant.
- Add the ground beef and pork and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned and cooked through.
- Add the tomato paste and stir to combine.
- Pour in the beef broth and red wine and bring the mixture to a simmer. Let it cook for about 5 minutes to allow the alcohol to evaporate.
- Add the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring the sauce back to a simmer and let it cook for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours for a richer flavor.
- While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta according to the package instructions in a separate pot of boiling salted water.
- Once the pasta is cooked, drain it and return it to the pot. Add a ladle or two of the bolognese sauce and toss the pasta to coat it evenly.
- To serve, divide the pasta among plates or bowls and top with additional bolognese sauce. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
Enjoy your delicious pasta alla bolognese!
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