Tale as old as time, dish as old as rhyme – it's gotta be bolognese. Traditionally made using a meat-based sauce and served with fresh pasta, this Italian-born meal is a highly-coveted classic.
Whether you enjoy it as all-out comfort food or dressed for a finer finish, it's an easily adaptable dish. At Pasta Fresca, you're hit with all things Italian, PastaMania serve the hearty sauce with delicate spaghetti, and Trattoria Cucina Italiana go the time-honoured route with ribbons of tagliatelle.
Seasoned, slow-cooked and sautéd to perfection
This sauce is an Italian sensation. Comforting and incredibly versatile, bolognese is most commonly made with a mix of ground beef and pork, and seasoned well. Onion, celery, carrot, red wine and a tomato concentrate are also added for the deep, wholesome flavour you always find in a classic ragù.
Once the meat has been sauteed it's left to simmer and slow cook, which is essential for that trademark tenderness. Rich, tomato-y and undoubtedly Italian, bolognese is best served simple. It's something Pasta Fresca swear by. As a favourite among locals, the beef-based dish is slow-cooked and rich with tomatoes.
The beef dish from Bologna
As its name would suggest, bolognese is a dish from of the Bologna region in Italy. Traditionally, the meat sauce used to dress ribbons of tagliatelle or layer between sheets of lasagne. Modern meals often suggest spaghetti pasta is the staple, but its heritage says otherwise.
Since the late 18th century, bolognese has graced the pages of Italian recipe books. Writer Pellegrino Artusi published the famous cookbook La scienza in cucina e l'arte di mangiar bene in 1891 and featured an early addition of what we know as bolognese. Back then cream was used, but the later addition of tomato created the now legendary dish.
With a traditional finish or a fun twist
To truly serve the dish up classic style, only a thick ragù will do – but you use less of it than you'd expect, and coat the pasta with sauce before serving. Keeping it simple with a beefy base and an intense tomato flavour, PastaMania let their version do the talking.
While authentic recipes will always suggest that perfect beef and pork pairing, bolognese can be just as beautiful with more of a modern twist. At Trattoria Cucina Italiana, the beef ragù is full of semi-sweet peas and herbs. And it's all topped with shavings of parmesan.
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