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Weeknight Bolognese November 13, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — lonislens @ 1:04 am

I saw this a few weeks ago on an episode of Barefoot Contessa, and it came to mind one night when I got home from work and was feeling uninspired (and more than a bit tired).  It truly is a good weeknight recipe, as like many of Ina’s recipes it has relatively few ingredients.  It went together quickly and smelled great.  I will warn you that if you follow the original recipe, you may find it overpoweringly pepper-y, or at least my husband and I did.  I double-checked and the recipe does call for one and a half teaspoons of black pepper, which to me was too much.  Adjusted, I think this would be a fabulous recipe for a quick bolognese.

Recipe Courtesy Of: Barefoot Contessa/Ina Garten

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  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil, plus extra to cook the pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground sirloin
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 cups dry red wine, divided
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound dried pasta, such as orecchiette or small shells
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream (didn’t have any, so I blended a bit of lowfat cottage cheese with milk to thicken it up)
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground sirloin and cook, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the meat has lost its pink color and has started to brown. Stir in the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute. Pour 1 cup of the wine into the skillet and stir to scrape up any browned bits. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper (I would try 1/2 or 3/4 teaspoon), stirring until combined. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a tablespoon of salt, a splash of oil, and the pasta, and cook according to the directions on the box.

While the pasta cooks, finish the sauce. Add the nutmeg, basil, cream, and the remaining 1/4 cup wine to the sauce and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. When the pasta is cooked, drain and pour into a large serving bowl. Add the sauce and 1/2 cup Parmesan and toss well. Serve hot with Parmesan on the side.


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