Thursday, April 5, 2012

Ragu` di carne alla bolognese

As the weather was getting a little cooler, Marco decided to make his famous Bolognese sauce. 

I've blogged about this amazing, tasty recipe before, but I've never gave anyone the recipe, until now that is :) 

One thing, you should know before I get started, my husband doesn't use any measurements when he is cooking :) 

Sei pronto? ( Are you ready) 
 First step : Chop one onion, can be either yellow or white. 
Drizzle olive oil in pot with onion. 

 Chop  5 or 6 cloves of Garlic 

Chop one stalk of celery 

Chop 3 carrots

Fresh herbs are always better than dry. 
Freshly chopped basil, rosemary, and sage. 

 Throw the Onions, Garlic, Celery and Carrots in the pan and let saut√© for about 10 minutes on medium high. 

Throw in the freshly chopped basil, sage and rosemary. Continue to cook on medium high.  

Then comes the ground meat. We used half ground pork, half ground beef. So, one pound is good enough. You can always add more depending on how much ragu you wish to make. Cook until browned.  

 Now, you can add fresh Cherry tomatoes or a can of diced tomatoes. Whichever you have available in your pantry or fridge. Here we used a can of diced tomatoes. 

 Pour in a jar of tomato sauce. Heres a little tip : To make sure you get all of the tomato sauce out of the jar, add some red wine, shake it up, and pour the red wine and the remaining tomato sauce in the pot. 

 Mix it all together and let it simmer for 2 hours. Stir it every once in awhile to make sure it doesn't burn. Don't worry if it looks too soupy, it will thicken up. 
The longer it simmers the better it will taste. 

 This is how it should look when finished. 

Add over a hot plate of al dente pasta or gnocchi. I especially like using this ragu with rigatoni or spaghetti. Goes with many different kinds of pastas. 

This pot of Ragu made 8 different meals for us. You can also use this ragu as the base for your lasagna. 
Its a very budget friendly recipe. 

I spent less than 10 euros to make this delicious meal. 

You will need : 
Olive Oil 
1 onion 
5 cloves of Garlic
1 Stalk of Celery
3 Carrots
Fresh Basil, Rosemary, and Sage
1/2 pound of ground pork 
1/2 pound of ground beef 
1 can of diced tomatoes or fresh Cherry Tomatoes
1 jar of tomato Sauce 
Red Wine
Salt and Pepper to taste 
Grana Padano to sprinkle over the pasta. 

Here we used Rigatoni, I believe.. Looks like someone else would like some of Marco's famous Bolognese Sauce ~ Hahaha :) 

If you guys try the recipe be sure to let me know how it turned out for you and if you enjoyed it. 



  1. FANTASTIC!! Finally I get the recipe and what great presentation Em!! Love it! Thank you!!