Bolognese is one of my favorite sauces to make, and I'm pretty damn good at it. My goal with this vegan version is to create a 100% meat-free sauce that benefits from a long, slow braise, and produces an end result that is every bit as rich, hearty, a deeply flavorful as my own traditional bolognese recipe.
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A rich and hearty mushroom, tomato, and red wine ragù perfect for a cold winter day.
Serious Eats Art Director Robyn Lee made the questionable decision to construct my Lasagna Bolognese on a weeknight. Why questionable? Because the sauce alone needs to simmer for three hours before you can even begin to construct or bake the damned thing. "We didn't eat until 1 a.m. so we were really hungry and it tasted good," she said. Here's a promise: this stuff tastes really good even when it's not 1 a.m. and your last meal wasn't 12 hours ago.
Creamy, unctuous, and utterly comforting, a traditional bolognese sauce typically takes around three hours to make, allowing the flavorful liquids to concentrate and envelop the ground meat to make that rich sauce we all love. Outside of the Italian countryside and professional kitchens, weeknight meals are not conducive to three hours of simmering, so we're going to fast track the process, creating a riff on the classic sauce that still maintains its delicious flavor.
A quick and easy weeknight one-pot spaghetti with turkey bolognese. The meaty secret? A splash of Asian fish sauce added right at the end to amp up the umami.
This easy-to-make spaghetti sauce is the ultimate in comfort fare with its rich, tart personality and down-home meaty richness.
Umami-rich ingredients add meaty flavor to this lower fat version of a classic bolognese.
Yesterday, Boston correspondent Liz Bomze wrote about chef Barbara Lynch's sauce Bolognese, which she serves at No. 9 Park and her other Boston restaurants. I stupidly wrote in the comments that you could email me and I'd send you the recipe when I should've just outright shared the recipe with all of you right here in the first place.
There's no way to write a column about iconic Boston dishes without including Barbara Lynch. Needless to say, it's not your average bowl of spaghetti and meat sauce. For one thing, the tagliatelle (which, I was once told by Lynch's local contemporary, chef Dante de Magistris, who makes my other favorite bowl of Bolognese, is the traditional noodle on which this sauce is served in Bologna) is perfect: springy, eggy, and light, with just enough chew. It's my go-to pasta recipe. (Sorry, Marcella.) Meanwhile, the sauce is unctuous and complex, yet straightforward and clean-tasting.
Easy to make and blessedly light, the sauce is a hearty, veggie-packed weeknight alternative to meat-heavy ragus. The flavor deepens after a few nights in the fridge, and a sprinkling of parmesan gives it even more depth, plus a pleasing cheesiness.
"Ragù Bolognese is the king of all meat sauces." [Photos: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt] Following this week's ricotta-fest, I found myself with a few quarts of the stuff left over. There's only so much queso fresco, paneer, or ricotta salata one...
"I didn't expect this sauce to taste nearly as good as it did." [Photograph: Caroline Russock] Call it what you will: ragu, bolognese, or Sunday night dinner—nothing satisfies like a plate of pasta with a meaty red sauce. But a...
Bolognese is my favorite sauce for pasta, and from fall until spring I'll always have a batch on hand. It's an all day project that involves lots of chopping, browning, and slow simmering, but it's one that I enjoy immensely....