Bolognese is one of the most famous Italian sauces and it is also a staple on many Italian menus. It is a meat-based sauce that can be used to make spaghetti, lasagna or even a pasta bake.
There are several different ways to make bolognese, but the most traditional way is to simmer the sauce over low heat for a long period of time. This method allows the flavors to really develop and gives you a flavorful, hearty sauce.
Start by making the soffritto, which is a vegetable base of onions, carrots and celery. This is a step that is quite time consuming but it really makes the bolognese so flavorful.
Once the soffritto is made, it’s time to brown the ground beef. You need to be very careful not to overbrown the beef as it can make the sauce too dry and fatty.
Next, add the wine and cook until most of the wine has evaporated and is almost absorbed into the meat. Once this happens, add your tomato puree and stir well.
Keep cooking over low heat and stir every few minutes until the bolognese is cooked and thickened. This will take about half an hour or so to do.
When the sauce is ready, remove from the heat and season with salt and pepper. Serve with pasta or on top of a salad.
This is a great recipe to use when you need an easy weeknight dinner. It will make a huge vat of sauce and can easily be frozen for later use.
The original version of this dish is traditionally served with fresh tagliatelle noodles, but you can use any kind of spaghetti or long pasta that you prefer. Just be sure to use very salty water when you cook the pasta so that it is cooked through, and save a cup of the pasta water before draining it.
You can also prepare this bolognese in advance and refrigerate it for up to 4 days, then reheat it on the stove or in the microwave until warm. It’s a delicious and easy recipe that will become a family favorite!
How to freeze bolognese:
If you want to freeze this bolognese, it’s best to make it in smaller portions and store it in a freezer bag. Once the bolognese has thawed, reheat it on the stove or in the oven to serve.
Alternatively, you can also store the bolognese in an airtight container and reheat it on the stove or in the freezer to serve. This is a great option for busy people who don’t have the time to cook a full meal.
This is a very delicious and authentic way to prepare this classic dish. The slow cooking over low heat makes it extremely flavorful and is a great way to make this dish on a busy weeknight.
It is also a great dish to make with the kids because they can help you in the kitchen!