SLOW SIMMERED BOLOGNESE SAUCE
Yes, it's unlike other meat based sauces where tomatoes dominate.
sauce is just about meat with the tomatoes only in a supporting role.
It's not hard to prepare, but it does require hours of slow simmering for this Italian pasta sauce to be worth the effort.
In three hours, the meat is softer with a melt-in-your-mouth consistency, and it has a good balance of meaty, sweet, salty acidic flavor.
All the ingredients you need for an authentic traditional Bolognese version:
I made this recipe upon the authentic traditional version from Accademia Italiana Della Cucina. Though the original recipe is written in Italian you can easily follow mine on this page which I've translated for you.
10 oz (300g) ground beef
10 oz (300g) canned peeled tomatoes
- 1 cup (250 ml) heavy cream
- 5 oz. (150g) flat Italian pancetta
- ½ cup (100ml) white wine dry
- ½ cup (100ml) whole milk
1.5 oz (50g) carrot
1.5 oz (50g) celery
1.5 oz (50g) onion
- 1 oz (30g) gel or cube beef broth
2 tbsp (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
Italian Pancetta Matters
Maybe some of you might have hard time searching for flat Italian pancetta (pig’s belly) abroad.
It’s really depending were you live, but I think you can order it from a good butcher or buy it on-line.
At least try to find some kind of unsmoked, thick and flat beacon, similar to pancetta.
The pictures below can give you an idea of what I’m talking about.
Then if you are willing to get more info you can follow these external links for more resources:
Before you begin, you’ll need to dice the pancetta in main cubes first, then finely chop it. This cured pig’s meat is hard to cut, so you’ll need a good knife. To do this I use a half moon shape knife, called in Italian mezzaluna. It’s indeed very safe to use too.
HOW TO MAKE BOLOGNESE SAUCE
WITH STEP-BY-STEP PICTURES
The original recipe at the Accademia Italian Della Cucina which I mentioned above, says to preferably use an earthenware or aluminum saucepan. Honestly, for the moment I don’t possess neither. So, go a head with what you have at home and don’t worry. Do as I did. ;-)