Authentic Bolognese Sauce

Authentic Bolognese Sauce

An Authentic Bolognese Sauce is rich, luxurious and something everyone should try at least once in their life! This traditional Italian meat sauce is easy to make.. and a far cry from the tomato heavy, “beef bolognese sauce” we all know and love! The recipe is adapted from Marcella Hazan’s Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking.
Course: Main Course, pasta
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories:
Author: Nancy Buchanan

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup unsalted butter divided
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 ⅓ cups chopped celery
  • 1 ⅓ cups chopped carrots
  • lb ground beef with at least 20% fat
  • ½ lb ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups milk whole
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 3 cups whole, canned tomatoes cut up
  • 3 lbs. pasta
  • freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven or soup pot, add the olive oil, 6 Tablespoons of butter and the onions.
  • Heat over medium heat and cook the onions until they are translucent. Do not brown the onions. If the onions start to brown a bit around the edges, reduce the heat.
  • Add the carrots and celery and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add the beef and pork. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook until the beef and pork are no longer pink, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Add the milk and let simmer until the milk has evaporated, stirring frequently for about 30 minutes.
  • Add the nutmeg and stir.
  • Add the wine, stir and simmer until the wine evaporates, about 30 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and their juices and stir to combine., Increase the heat until the mixture begins to bubble. Turn the heat to low, simmer (i.e. a bubble only breaks the surface every so often).
  • Cook, uncovered for approximately 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
  • If the sauce begins to dry out, add about ½ cup of water and stir, making sure to scrape the bottom of the pan.
  • Cook and drain the pasta and toss with the sauce and the remaining butter.
  • Divide between low bowls and top with grated parmesan if desired.
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