Simple Bolognese

By • October 15, 2012 • 13 Comments


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Author Notes: This is not a true Bolognese (which traditionally contains milk), but a simpler version that's also quite versatile. You can use pretty much any type of ground meat as long as it is not too lean. Serve half of it for dinner, and save the rest for the baby!Merrill Stubbs

Serves 4 as a main course, baby for several days

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground beef (I prefer 85% lean -- you can also use lamb, chicken, turkey or pork)
  • Pinch salt (optional)
  • 1 fat garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
  • 28 ounces tetra pack or canned peeled tomatoes
  1. Heat a deep, heavy saucepan over a medium-high flame. When the pan is hot, add the oil, and then the meat and the salt if using. Brown the meat well, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  2. Once the meat is browned, lower the heat to medium-low and add the garlic. Cook for a minute or two, stirring frequently, until the garlic is fragrant and just starts to turn golden.
  3. Add the tomatoes and their juices and crush them gently with a potato masher or the back of your spoon. When the sauce starts to boil, turn the heat to low so it's just simmering, and cover the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is very tender, the tomatoes have broken down, and the sauce has thickened, about 2 hours (longer if you have the time). Let it cool slightly, and serve with pastine or couscous.

Tags: baby food, cooking for clara

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7 days ago sveva

i love easier recipes. ingredients that will not break my purse..dont need elaborate recipes .. . thank you for sharing.

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about 1 month ago Lizzie 4208

Confused.
Having saved a terrific recipe while in Bologna I looked at this one and though...where's the milk and • Tomatoes are not a main ingredient. I bit of paste is all my recipe calls for.
Can't wait to make mine.

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about 1 month ago Ann

Totally agree with the comment by Irishchef of 9 months ago. It is misleading to novice cooks as to
how a Bolognese sauce is made or tastes like. "Quick Meat Sauce" would have been a more appropriate name.



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2 months ago Rkelly3042

So much snow here I had no interest in going shopping after work. I made this good basic sauce and added roasted red peppers, basil, oregano and chili pepper since my husband likes it hot. Nice result-Food 52 really has helped my cooking confidence. Thank you!

Merrill

2 months ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

So glad to hear it!

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7 months ago craig holmblad

Eat up and enjoy.

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11 months ago irishchef

I know you said this is "not a true Bolognese sauce" but when you call a classic dish by name & then change it; it is no longer that classic dish. Like if you add garlic to Alfredo sauce it is no longer Alfredo sauce. Please change the name. Classic Bolognese is so different and so much better than this. This sauce will give tasters the wrong impression. I don't mean to be a prude but being a chef I don't want to give people (especially one who may have never had the Delicious Classic Italian dish) a dish that may or may not taste like the Classic. Sorry, maybe try Mock Bolognese.

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3 months ago meh

^ this

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12 months ago Toots Mcgee

just dont have kids

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12 months ago Scallionboy

Exactly. Baby food.

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over 1 year ago Monica Strasen

There are brands that are now canning tomatoes in BPA free cans, but you do have to do your homework to find them. Some brands also have tomatoes in glass containers.

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over 1 year ago Haninay

Canned tomatoes are high in BPA, which is banned in infant products. I would absolutely NOT feed this to infants.

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over 1 year ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

There are plenty of brands of canned tomatoes that do not use BPAs in their packaging: http://livingmaxwell.com.... And of course, there is always Pomi, which doesn't use cans at all.