Have you ever had a day you don’t know what to fix for dinner? Last night was that night! I thawed hamburger out, thinking hamburgers would be great for dinner BUT I never did go get hamburger buns. I thought about making my spaghetti sauce but I didn’t have a couple of the ingredients for it either! We have all been there. So I did what I assume everyone else does and that is check Google.
I truly love that we can do that! Life got so much simpler because of Google, lol. I no longer have my mom to call up and ask what would you make with these ingredients, you know!
I came across Bolognese Sauce and truthfully, it has been on my bucket list to make for quite some time now. No time like the present, believe it or not, I had all the ingredients, win-win!
I can tell you right now it is a very rich sauce. I have never had it before and the whole fam loved it as much as I did and I think you will too!
I only changed a few ingredients and it still was one of the best sauces I have ever had. The recipe I found was from Marcella Hazan and adapted from The New York Times. It has received about 11K reviews and to tell you the truth, in my opinion, it is that good!
I hope you give it a try! Here is the link where I got it from. Or you can continue to read it here with a couple of adaptions. There are not many seasonings in this dish but it packs in the flavor. I thought there would be a lot more than listed but nope, salt, pepper, nutmeg. I added another ingredient. Better Than Bouillion.
My adaptions: I used heavy cream instead of whole milk, 1/2 cup Chicken broth, and 1/2 cup wine instead of all wine but you could use all wine or all chicken broth, and Better Than Bouillion.
It takes a long time to simmer the broth down. Each time you add a liquid, it needs to simmer and I had mine on medium-low to medium to speed it up a little. It worked and it reduced very nicely. I started this a 2:30 and by the time my husband got home from work (5:30), it had reduced to where I wanted it. I think some of the reviews said you could speed this up and enjoy it after an hour but if you have the time, I recommend taking it slow!
Here is my version, enjoy!
Marcella Hazan's Bolognese Sauce
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 3 Tbsp butter
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 cup celery diced
- 1 cup carrot diced
- 1 lb. ground beef OR 1part pork to 2 parts beef
- black pepper
- 1 tbsp. better than chicken bouillion
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/2 cup dry wine I used 1/2 cup chardonnay, 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 1 ½ cups crushed tomatoes Pureed mine in a blender
- 1 ¼ - 1 ½ lbs. pasta
- freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese