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Ragu Alla Bolognese

by , featured in Gastronomy Of Italy
Published by Pavilion Books
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Every Italian cook has a favourite version of Ragu Alla Bolognese. This is mine, which is my mother's recipe and maybe my grandmother's as well. It is served with tagliatelle or used to make lasagne and other baked pasta dishes but is never served with spaghetti.

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Photo by Laura Edwards


Makes: enough for 4 helpings of pasta

  • 50 grams unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 100 grams unsmoked pancetta (finely chopped)
  • 1 small onion (very finely chopped)
  • 1 small carrot (very finely chopped)
  • 1 small stalk celery (very finely chopped)
  • 200 grams lean braising steak (minced)
  • 200 grams minced pork
  • 75 millilitres red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 100 millilitres hot chicken stock or meat stock
  • a grating of nutmeg
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 75 millilitres full-fat milk


Ragu Alla Bolognese is a guest recipe by Anna del Conte so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe

  1. Heat the butter, oil and unsmoked pancetta in a deep, heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook gently for 2-3 minutes. Add the onion, carrot and celery and cook over a medium heat until the vegetables are soft, stirring frequently.
  2. Add the beef and pork and cook until the meat has lost its raw colour. Pour in the wine and boil briskly for 2-3 minutes, until the liquid has almost evaporated.
  3. Add the tomato puree, diluted with hot meat stock or chicken stock, season with nutmeg, salt and pepper and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Meanwhile, bring the milk to simmering point in a separate small pan. Pour the milk over the meat (the liquid should just come level with it) and stir thoroughly. Cook, uncovered, over the lowest heat for at least 2 hours. The ragu should not boil, but just break a few bubbles on the surface. Stir occasionally during cooking and taste and adjust the seasoning at the end.

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  • This was really good, but the next time I would reduce the butter and olive oil by maybe half, and cook the minced beef/pork separately and drain the fat before adding. As is, this was a bit too oily for my taste. I like consistency, so it stood out that the olive oil and tomato puree are given in Tbsp, while the rest is in grams/milliliters. 2 Tbsp = 30 ml

    Posted by MAWATTS on 1st November 2020
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