Spaghetti Bolognese is a hearty meat sauce perfect for serving over pasta. It has a reputation for serving large appetites, and is easy to make. Here's how to make spaghetti Bolognese:
Ingredients and supplies:
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 medium carrots
- 2 large stalks celery
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
- 1/2 lb. ground pork
- 6 oz. milk
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 small onion
- 2 lbs. plum tomatoes
- 1 lb. pasta (any variety)
- Grated parmesan cheese, for garnish
- Fresh Italian parsley, for garnish
- Large pot
- Prepare the ingredients. Peel and dice the carrots, and dice the celery stalks. Peel and dice the onion, and then core, seed, and dice the tomatoes.
- Begin to cook the sauce. In a large pot over medium heat, cook the olive oil, butter, celery, carrots, and onion until the vegetables begin to soften.
- Cook the meat. Add both the pork and ground beef to the pot, and cook until there are no signs of pink left in the meat. Then drain the fat off the side of the pot. Add the wine and cook on medium heat until the wine is nearly evaporated.
- Continue to cook the sauce. Now add the milk and nutmeg, stirring until the milk is nearly gone. Add the diced tomatoes and chicken broth, as well as salt. Simmer uncovered for three hours. You can also cook in the oven on low heat, around 180 degrees Fahrenheit, for an hour and a half. Although this is an easy way to cut down on the cooking time, it is not the traditional way to cook the Bolognese sauce.
- Check the sauce. Check periodically and add more chicken broth if the sauce appears to be drying out. Stirring will also keep the sauce from burning. Give the sauce a taste, and adjust seasonings if needed.
- Assemble the pasta dish. While the sauce is cooking, cook the pasta according to the directions on the package, and then drain it. You can use any kind of pasta, but this sauce is traditionally served with spaghetti. Place the cooked pasta in a large serving bowl, and ladle the meat sauce over the top. Finish by garnishing with parmesan cheese and parsley, and serve hot. Alternately, you can serve the sauce and pasta in separate bowls and allow people to assemble their own pasta dish. Serve with warm garlic bread and a green salad.
Spaghetti Bolognese is delicious, but you have to be patient when making it. Although this is not a dish to try when you're in a hurry, it makes a delicious sauce for lasagna and other pasta dishes. This hearty meat dish is great for cold winter evenings, and is sure to please both adults and children.