Ragu alla bolognese


by: Peaches

This is the most famous Italian ragu, which I love with gnocchi. In the restaurant we cook this in the oven in big pans at about 250°F, so it just simmers, for about the same length of time as if you cooked it on the stove —— if you have a big enough oven and big enough pans, you can do the same.


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serves: 8

4 pounds minced beef (preferably neck)

5 tablespoons olive oil

2 carrots (finely chopped)

1 stalk celery (finely chopped)

2 onions (finely chopped)

sprig of rosemary (tied together for a bouquet garni)

sprig of sage (tied together for a bouquet garni)

2 cloves garlic

1 bottle of red wine

1 tablespoon tomato paste

32 ounces (4 cups) tomato passata

salt and pepper

To serve:

pasta, preferably pappardelle, tagliatelle or short pasta

freshly grated pecorino cheese

Nutrition Facts
Ragu alla bolognese

Servings Per Recipe: 8

Amount per Serving

Calories: 879

  • Total Fat: 65.9 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 22.8 g
  •     Trans Fat: 3.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 170.3 mg
  • Sodium: 1092.8 mg
  • Total Carbs: 26.9 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 5.9 g
  •     Sugars: 16.1 g
  • Protein: 41.4 g

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1.  Take the meat out of the fridge and lay it on a tray and let it come to room temperature, so that it will sear rather than steam when it goes into the pan.

2.  Heat the oil in a wide—bottomed saucepan, add the vegetables, herbs and whole garlic cloves, and sweat ever a high heat for 5 to 8 minutes without allowing it to color (you will need to keep stirring).

3.  Season the meat with salt and pepper and add to the pan of vegetables, making sure that the meat is covering the base of the pan. Leave for about 5 to 6 minutes, so that the meat seals underneath and heats through completely, before you start stirring (otherwise it will ooze protein and liquid and it will steam rather than sear). Take care, though, that the vegetables don°t burn — add a little more oil, if necessary, to stop this happening.

4.  Stir the meat and vegetables every few minutes for about 10 to 12 minutes, until the meat starts to stick to the bottom of the pan. At this point, the meat is ready to take the wine.

5.  Add the wine and let it reduce right down to virtually nothing, then add the tomato paste and cook for a couple of minutes, stirring all the time.

6.  Add the passata with 4 cups of water. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a sir and cook for about 1 1/2 hours, adding a little extra water if necessary from time to time, until you have a thick sauce.

7.  When you are ready to serve the ragu, cook your pasta (preferably pappardelle, tagliatelle or short pasta) and drain, reserving the cooking water. Add the pasta to the ragu and toss well, adding some of the cooking water, if necessary, to loosen the sauce. Serve with freshly grated pecorino.

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