Lindsay’s Recipes

Classic Ragu Bolognese

6 servings



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2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 medium onions, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)

2 celery stalks, finely chopped (about 1 cup)

2 carrots, peeled, finely chopped (about 3/4 cup)

4 oz. ground beef (85% lean)

4 oz ground pork

4 oz. ground veal

3 oz. thinly sliced pancetta, finely chopped

1/2 cup dry white wine

3 cups (about) beef stock or chicken stock, divided

5 grates fresh nutmeg

3 Tbsp. tomato paste

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup whole milk

1 bay leaf

1 lb. tagliatelle or fettuccine (preferably fresh egg)

Finely grated Parmesan, parsley (for serving)


Heat oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, celery, and carrots. Sautee until soft, 8-10 minutes. Add beef, veal, pork, and pancetta; sautee, breaking up with the back of a spoon, until browned, about 15 minutes. Add wine; boil 1 minute, stirring often and scraping up browned bits. Add tomato paste and cook until brick red. Add 2 1/2 cups stock, nutmeg, and bay leaf. Reduce heat to very low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors meld, 1 1/2 hours. Season with salt and pepper.

Bring milk to a simmer in a small saucepan; gradually add to sauce. Cover sauce with lid slightly ajar and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until milk is absorbed, about 45 minutes, adding more stock by 1/4-cupfuls to thin if needed.

DO AHEAD: Ragù can be made 2 days ahead. Chill uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled. Rewarm before continuing.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season with salt; add pasta and cook, stirring occasionally, until 1 minute before al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water. Transfer ragù to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pasta and toss to coat. Stir in some of the reserved pasta water by tablespoonfuls if sauce seems dry. Divide pasta among warm plates. Serve with Parmesan.

6 servings



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