Pappardelle with Bolognese Sauce is one of my favorite pasta dishes. The sauce is thick and hearty with lots of meat, both pork and beef, and tons of flavor from white wine and some onion, carrot, and celery. Pure comfort food on a cold winter night.
Simmered slowly with white wine and milk, the meat gets super tender.
In fact, the meat and liquid ingredients just kind of unify into one, creating a super thick and flavorful sauce. Typically, red wine would be used in a Bolognese Sauce and I’m sure this sauce would taste just as good, and probably even more robust if you used red wine.
Pappardelle is the perfect pasta to pair with this Bolognese Sauce. It is substantial enough to stand up to a rich, thick sauce.
Even though I’ve checked at least 10 times, I feel certain I spelled pappardelle wrong at least once. It’s making me feel like I have OCD! I wish pasta names weren’t so hard to spell.
This recipe serves four, but you will have leftover sauce. It freezes very well.
- 1 large white onion, quartered
- 1 small carrot, cut into 4 pieces
- 1 celery rib, cut into 4 pieces
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 pound ground chuck
- 1/2 pound ground pork
- 2 teaspoons table salt
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/3 cup white wine
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 (28-ounce) can tomato puree
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 1/2 cups water
- 1 pound pappardelle
- freshly grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- Place onion, carrot, and celery in a food processor and pulse until in small pieces. Set aside.
- Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil and onion, carrot, celery mixture. Saute for 3 minutes.
- Add ground chuck and pork and break up as much as possible. Sprinkle with salt and add milk. Cook until milk is reduced and meat starts to sizzle, 10 to 15 minutes. (It took at LEAST 15 minutes for me.)
- Mix in wine and continue to cook until wine reduces by half. Reduce heat to simmer and add tomato paste. Stir in completely.
- Add tomato puree, sugar, and water and mix well. Cover and simmer over low heat for 1 hour. Stir often. Add more water if sauce gets too thick.
- Cook pasta according to package directions. Pour into a large serving bowl, mix in sauce, top with grated parmesan and basil.
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Recipe Source: adapted from Cristina Ferrare
Also try this Italian Sausage Rigatoni
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