Eat. Eat some more.

Eat.  Share.
Eat some more.

Three Top Tips for a Better Bolognese

(What's this?) Click on this "star" to bookmark your favourite food stories. To view the stories you have bookmarked, simply go to your account dashboard, and click on the "My Bookmarked Stories" link.
November 30, 2014 / Italian / By
Nicola

"Spaghetti bolognese (hozinja)" by hozinja - Flickr: Good old spaghetti bolognese. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Spaghetti_bolognese_(hozinja).jpg#mediaviewer/File:Spaghetti_bolognese_(hozinja).jpg

 

Bolognese is a classic Italian tomato and beef mince sauce that is the perfect accompaniment to pasta dishes. For many people, bolognese is the first proper meal that they learn to cook - partly because it is so simple, and partly because it is such a favourite!

Although bolognese is a very quick, cheap and easy meal to whip up in the kitchen, there are a few things you can do to make it really special. There is no end to the number of variations that you can come up with, but in reverse order these are my top three tips for creating a better bolognese.

3. Reduce the acidity

It's no secret that tomatoes can be very acidic, and that doesn't really sit comfortably with the meaty flavour of a bolognese. One of the simplest ways to reduce the acidity is to add tomato purée much earlier than you might expect. In my opinion, tomato purée is always a great addition to any tomato-based dish anyway as it gives a much richer, deeper flavour, but it's the timing of when you add it that's crucial. Adding tomato purée near the end of the cooking process is too late - try adding it as one of your first ingredients, just after softening the onions. By frying it for a couple of minutes before you add your meat, you'll cook off much of the acidity, making a much rounder flavour.

2. Add cocoa powder

It might sound bizarre, but adding cocoa powder to bolognese during the cooking process actually works really well. The sweetness takes the edge off the tomatoes, and the chocolate flavour really adds to the rich beef juices from the mince. Be careful not to add too much - around half a teaspoon is the perfect amount for a portion serving two to people.

1. Cook it slowly

Bolognese is usually very quick to make, but why not try cooking it in a slow cooker for a change? Slow cookers can be used for more than just stews! It's still just as easy to prepare - throw in all the ingredients together, then leave it on a low heat setting to cook for several hours. The longer the better; not only will this leave the meat feeling wonderfully tender, but cooking it slowly will cause the flavours to combine and blend much more effectively. Of course, the best part about cooking bolognese in a slow cooker is that you can prepare it all in the morning, then forget about it for the rest of the day and come back to a delicious meal that's already cooked and waiting to be eaten!


N/A

Country: Italy

Province/State: Toscana

City: N/A

Address: N/A

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: N/A

Phone: N/A

Website:N/A

Price Guide:N/A (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

Comment
Related Stories

12 Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Recip...

American / By
ETG - Food For Thought

How To Cook Perfect Rice Every Single Ti...

International / By
Adrian Cruce

51 Birthday Cake Recipes - The Ultimate ...

International / By
ETG - Food For Thought

Introduction To Vietnamese Cuisine - Mai...

Vietnamese / By
ETG - Food For Thought

AS SEEN ON

ABC Nine Com 6PR
Copyright © 2012-2017 Eat the Globe™ - All rights reserved

Related Stories

12 Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner Recip...

American / By
ETG - Food For Thought

How To Cook Perfect Rice Every Single Ti...

International / By
Adrian Cruce

51 Birthday Cake Recipes - The Ultimate ...

International / By
ETG - Food For Thought

Introduction To Vietnamese Cuisine - Mai...

Vietnamese / By
ETG - Food For Thought

AS SEEN ON

Copyright © 2012-2017 Eat the Globe™ - All rights reserved
Login to Eat The Globe
Username
Password
   Cancel
Close
Your profile is incomplete.
Simply complete your profile, it only takes 1 minute.
Button
Email this story to a friend
Close
Invalid Email format
Send Friend Request to this person
Close
Invalid Email format
Your Friend Request has been sent.