SLOW SIMMERED BOLOGNESE SAUCE STEP-BY-STEP
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.
INGREDIENTS FOR 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.
(300g) ground beef
(150g) flat Italian pancetta
(300g) canned peeled tomatoes
¼ cup (50g) carrot
¼ cup (50g) celery
¼ cup (50g) onion
½ glass (100ml) white wine dry
½ glass (100ml) whole milk
- 1 oz. (30g) gel or cube beef broth
2 tbsp (30 ml) extra-virgin olive oil
1 glass (200 ml) heavy cream
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
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. ;-)
I shoot many step-by-step pics for you to follow, or go above on this page for the written Bolognese recipe.