The ultimate bolognese by Rosie Ramsden
- May 2014
- Serves 6
- Hands-on time 45 min, simmering time 1½ hours
The winner of the delicious. bolognese taste test has a real taste of Bologna. The secret ingredient? Roasted bone marrow.
- 15.2g (7g saturated)
- 5g (4.4g sugars)
For 6 servings
- 95g thinly sliced pancetta (the fattiest you can find), very finely chopped
- 1 onion, very finely chopped
- 1 large carrot, very finely chopped
- 1 celery stick, very finely chopped
- 1 large garlic clove, crushed
- Grating fresh nutmeg
- 350g British beef mince
- 200g mix British rose veal mince (from Waitrose, Ocado and butchers) and/or free-range pork mince
- 2 bay leaves
- 175ml dry white wine
- 3 heaped tbsp tomato purée
- 2 x 5cm marrow bone pieces (see tip)
- 100ml whole milk
- Tagliatelle and plenty of grated parmesan to serve
- Heat a large lidded pan over a medium heat, then fry the pancetta until crisp and the fat has rendered. Reduce the heat and add the onion, carrot and celery with a pinch of salt. Fry gently for 15 minutes, stirring.
- Add the garlic and grated nutmeg and fry for a minute. Stir in all the mince and fry for 5 minutes until browned all over and any liquid has bubbled away (don’t worry aboutthe fat left in the pan). Add the bay leaves and turn up the heat slightly. Add the white wine and simmer until almost all the liquid has evaporated. Stir through the tomato purée.
- Reduce the heat to very low and cover the pan with a lid. Simmer very gently for 1 hour 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the meat is tender and rich. It shouldn’t be wet, but if it looks like it’s too dry, add a splash of water – remember you’ll be adding the milk at the end, though.
- Towards the end of the simmering time, heat the oven to 200°C/ fan180°C/gas 6. Lightly season the marrow bones and put them in a roasting tin. Roast for 20 minutes.
- Scoop out the bone marrow with the end of a spoon and add to the sauce, then stir through the milk. Heat gently for 2 minutes, then taste and season accordingly. Toss through cooked tagliatelle, then serve sprinkled with grated parmesan.
Beef or veal bone marrow adds richness to stews and meaty sauces. You can buy marrow bones from butchers and many Waitrose stores but if you can’t get any, the ragù will still taste great.
The cooked ragù will keep in the fridge for 3 days and in the freezer for 3 months.
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