Tagliatelle with Bolognese Sauce

Autumn 2013
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food and drink

BY: Lucy Waverman

This recipe was selected as one of our Editor's favourites in our 20th Anniversary Autumn 2013 issue. The recipe originally appeared in the Winter 2006 issue.

Refined, elegant Bolognese is the famous sauce from the Bologna region of Italy. It is rich, meaty and not tomato-based. It is the sauce to use in lasagna or with tagliatelle, which is an egg-based pasta.

½ cup (125 mL) dried porcini mushrooms
1 cup (250 mL) boiling water
1 can (796 mL) tomatoes
¼ cup (60 mL) olive oil
1 cup (250 mL) finely chopped onion
½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped carrots
½ cup (125 mL) finely chopped celery
1 tsp (5 mL) chopped garlic
1 tbsp (15 mL) chopped parsley
12 oz (375 g) ground beef
12 oz (375 g) ground pork
Salt and freshly ground pepper
½ cup (125 mL) red wine
1 cup (250 mL) beef stock
1 tbsp (15 mL) tomato paste
¼ cup (60 mL) whipping cream
Pinch nutmeg
1 lb (500 g) tagliatelle
½ cup (125 mL) grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

1 Soak porcini mushrooms in boiling water for 20 minutes. Strain and reserve mushrooms and liquid separately. Finely chop mushrooms and reserve. Strain tomatoes and reserve juice for another use. Chop tomatoes and reserve.

2 Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-low heat. Add onions, carrots and celery and cook gently for 10 minutes or until vegetables are very soft and beginning to brown. Stir in garlic and parsley and cook for 3 minutes more.

3 Add beef and pork and sauté until meat looses its pinkness, about 5 minutes. Add reserved mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Add wine and boil until wine is mostly evaporated and mixture is saucy. Stir in stock, mushroom soaking water, tomato paste and tomatoes.

4 Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 1 hour. Re-season and add whipping cream and nutmeg. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes longer or until flavours are combined.

5 While sauce is cooking add tagliatelle to a large pot of boiling salted water and boil for 5 minutes or until tagliatelle is al dente. Drain well.

6 Toss tagliatelle with sauce. Sprinkle with Parmigiano.

Serves 4