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    Authentic Bolognese Sauce (Sugo Alla Bolognese)

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    2 hrs

    30 mins

    1 hrs 30 mins

    Alan in SW Florida's Note:

    A rich, meaty, and zesty "ragu". Bolognese Sauce is the backbone of Northern Italian cooking, and once you try it you'll never toss your spaghetti with store-bought pasta sauce again. However, there are as many recipe versions of this delicious slow-cooked sauce as there are cooks in the Italian city of Bologna. The secret ingredient to a true Bolognese Sauce is milk (or cream), which is added in such small amount, you don't even know it's there. TIP: Bolognese Sauce is best made the day before to allow the flavors to develop. Cool the sauce, uncovered, and then refrigerate in an airtight container. Can also be frozen.

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    Serves: 8



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    1. 1
      Place the chopped onions, carrots, celery, and garlic clove in a food processor. Pulse the motor until the vegetables are finely chopped.
    2. 2
      Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan set over medium heat. Add the chopped vegetables and chopped bacon (or pancetta, which is an Italian bacon). Stir in the salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
    3. 3
      Add the ground veal (or beef) to the pot with the vegetables. Cook over medium-high heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until the meat is no longer pink, about 6 minutes.
    4. 4
      Stir in the wine, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and the milk (or cream). Add the pinch of ground nutmeg.
    5. 5
      Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 hours.
    6. 6
      Serve over spaghetti, cooked al dente, and pass the grated Parmesan cheese.
    7. 7

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 12, 2012


      Wow, this would have to be the best pasta sauce I have ever made. It was very rich and flavourful. You can really taste the flavours of the meat and vegetables, complemented by the spices and the wine. Make sure if you try this recipe, don't leave out the wine, you won't get the same flavour. I used a dry semillon chardonnay, which worked well. Thank you so much for this recipe, it is a keeper. I will never use jar sauce in my bolognese again!

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    Nutritional Facts for Authentic Bolognese Sauce (Sugo Alla Bolognese)

    Serving Size: 1 (303 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 295.9
    Calories from Fat 139
    Total Fat 15.5 g
    Saturated Fat 4.4 g
    Cholesterol 75.0 mg
    Sodium 767.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
    Sugars 3.3 g
    Protein 20.1 g

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