Bolognese Sauce

Everyone knows this classic Italian famous sauce which has become one of international favorite sauce especially for children. Some people make it just with a few basic ingredients which are ground beef, canned tomato sauce (or sometimes with tomato ketchup) and some spices. I used to make it like this until I learned how the Italians make their Bolognese sauce.

It's easy to make, delicious and practical, I transfer the rest into small containers and put them in the fridge. I reheat the sauce in a pot and pour onto the boiled pasta. It is usually served with spaghetti, tagliatelle, fusili, rigatoni or lasagna.

Spaghetti Bolognese (Photo credit : Veronica)
Spaghetti Bolognese (Photo credit : Veronica)

Bolognese Sauce

For 6 portions pasta

Ingredients :
750 gr minced pork and beef
½ large onion or 1 small onion, peel and chop finely
2 garlic, peel and chop
5 tbsp olive oil
100 gr carrot, peel and chop finely
100 gr celery, chop finely
2 bay leaves
400 gr canned chopped tomato (with chunks)
3 tbsp tomato puree
some fresh basil leaves, chop (or 1 tsp dried basil leaves)
some fresh oregano leaves, chop (or 1 tsp dried oregano)
some fresh thyme leaves, chop (or 1 tsp dried thyme)
150 ml red wine
50 gr grated Parmesan cheese
50 ml cream (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps :
Into a large pot over medium high heat, add in olive oil, onion, carrot, celery and bay leaves, saute them until fragrance and begin to soften. Then add in the meat, continue sauteing until it half cooked.

Add in tomato paste and canned chopped tomato, stir them a little bit, then pour in red wine. Add in Parmesan, basil, oregano and thyme, season with salt and pepper. Cook until boils and thickens. Pour in the cream, stir well.

Serve with pasta such as tagliatelle, spaghetti, fusili, rigatoni, etc. I use 80-100 gr dried pasta per portions with about 150 ml bolognese sauce, add in extra grated Parmesan if you like.

Recipe by Veronica

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