Tagliatelle Bolognese

Tagliatelle bolognese is probably the perfect comfort food - the thick sauce is packed with deep and rich flavor, and coats the tagliatelle beautifully. It’s a great mid-week recipe since it’s so quick to make, but it’s also great for a weekend indulgence!

a bowl of tagliatelle bolognese

Why tagliatelle?

Generally, recipes use spaghetti - and not tagliatelle - for bolognese. However, when it comes to the classic Italian recipe, tagliatelle is always used and not spaghetti. But why?! Well, since the tagliatelle is thicker and flat, the sauce can coat more of it and stick onto the tagliatelle better than spaghetti. Pasta is a vehicle for the sauce, and tagliatelle is the right pasta for bolognese. Since switching from spaghetti to tagliatelle for this recipe, we have never looked back.

Tomatoes

For the base of the sauce, we use canned crushed tomatoes. We try to use the more expensive cans which use high-quality tomatoes since these will be sweeter. Generally, the cheaper cans will be a little bit more bitter so you might need to add sugar to the recipe. We recommend using high-quality canned tomatoes for this dish because it will make a difference.

Beef

In this recipe, we use ground beef with 20% fat. We use beef with so much fat content because fat is flavor, and it’s worth it for this recipe!

How can I store the bolognese?

You can store the bolognese sauce in the fridge in an air-tight container for up to 5 days. We recommend making the tagliatelle fresh each time you’re heating a serving of bolognese.

a fork full of tagliatelle bolognese

Tagliatelle Bolognese

Tagliatelle bolognese is probably the perfect comfort food - the thick sauce is packed with deep and rich flavor, and coats the tagliatelle beautifully. It’s a great mid-week recipe since it’s so quick to make, but it’s also great for a weekend indulgence!

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Cuisine
Italian

Servings
4

Calories
242 kcal

Prep time
15 minutes

Cook time
30 minutes

Total time
45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 finely chopped white onion
  • 1 lb beef mince (ground beef)
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 28 oz can crushed tomato
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon pepper (adjust to taste)

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 & ½ tablespoons oil in a pot or a deep cast-iron skillet on medium-high heat. Once the pot has heated up, add the chopped onion and minced garlic for roughly 3 minutes until the garlic is a light golden brown and the onion has softened.
  2. Turn up the heat to a high temperature and add the 1lb of beef. Cook the beef until browned.
  3. Once the beef is browned, add ½ cup of red wine. Bring the pot to simmer and cook the mixture for 1 minute while mixing continuously. Make sure to scrape the bottom of the pot while mixing and do so until the alcohol smell is gone.
  4. Add all the remaining ingredients except the salt and pepper (we will add this at the end). Stir everything until the mixture is combined and bring the pot to a simmer. Turn down the pot to medium heat so that the mixture will bubble gently. Cook for 20-30 minutes with the lid off, and add water if the water gets too thick for your liking.
  5. Add the salt and pepper once the bolognese is cooked and thickened to your liking.

Notes

  • Slow cooking: You can leave the bolognese to cook on a slow simmer. To do this, add ¾ cup of water and cover the pot with a lid. Simmer the sauce on very low heat for 2 - 2 & ½ hours. Make sure to stir the sauce every 20 - 30 minutes. Once the sauce has cooked for roughly 2 hours, uncover the pot and simmer for 20 minutes. This will thicken the sauce.
  • Tossing tagliatelle: When adding the sauce to the cooked tagliatelle, leave some pasta water aside (~¼ / ½ cup of pasta water). When mixing the bolognese with the tagliatelle, do so in a pot over medium heat and then add the pasta water to your tagliatelle bolognese. Mix for roughly 1 minute until everything is combined and the tagliatelle is completely covered in sauce. When serving, sprinkle parmesan and chopped parsley over the tagliatelle bolognese if desired.

Nutrition

  • Calories 242 kcal | 
  • Carbohydrates 13.3 g | 
  • Protein 27.2 g | 
  • Fat 9.1 g | 
  • Saturated fat 2.5 g | 
  • Cholesterol 68 mg | 
  • Sodium 817.5 mg | 
  • Fiber 2.5 g | 
  • Sugar 5.9 g |