Ragu alla Bolognese on tagliatelle with grated parmesan cheese.

1982 authentic ‘Ragu alla Bolognese’ for #WorldPastaDay

So with Jamie Oliver butchering the paella and Chef Antonio Carluccio claiming that the British don’t know how to cook spaghetti bolognese.  I thought that I’d try, what is claimed to be, the 1982 Chamber of Commerce of the city of Bologna approved and authentic recipe for ‘Ragu alla Bolognese

Ragu Bolognese on tagliatelle with grated parmesan cheese.
Ragu alla Bolognese on tagliatelle with grated parmesan cheese.

The main differences I found, were the use of pancetta, milk and served over tagliatelle.

In an ode to #WorldPastaDay, here’s the recipe in full, tried and tested.

I will admit that I bought the fresh tagliatelle as I don’t have a pasta machine and I don’t actually ave anywhere to fix it in my kitchen!


Ingredients:

  • 300g ground beef
  • 150g pancetta (this may not always be easy to find, took me 3 shops to find it)
  • 1/2 a medium carrot
  • 1/2 a celery stalk
  • 1/4 white onion
  • 1 can of tinned tomatoes
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup white or red wine, dry
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Fresh tagliatelle (or make your own!)
  • Grated parmesan cheese for topping
  1. Cut the pancetta into little cubes and melt in a saucepan
  2. Sweating vegetables for Ragu alla Bolognese
    Sweating vegetables for Ragu alla Bolognese

    Dice the vegetables (carrot, celery, onion), and add to the pancetta and leave to stew slowly.

  3. Add the ground beef and stir constantly, until the beef is browned.
  4. Add the wine and the tomatoes and leave to simmer for around two hours, adding in the milk a little at a time and adjusting the salt and black pepper.
  5. Serve over fresh tagliatelle with parmesan cheese.

You’ll have enough to serve around 3-4 people, but you can freeze this and save for a cold, grey day when you want some comfort food.

My mother’s recipe would have lots of red wine and chopped mushrooms in the mixture.  Both are great though!

 

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