I have avoided writing about Italian cuisine until now, since it seems everything about Italy is just simply delicious! Italian cuisine from Italy is characterized by its simplicity, with many dishes having only four to eight ingredients rather than on elaborate preparation. Its focus is always on fresh, local ingredients prepared simply, so the cuisine is very regional.
We will focus on the Ragù alla Bolognese today. According to this Wikipedia article, original dish is a little bit different from the Bolognese sauce we are familiar with in the US. It is customarily used to dress "tagliatelle al ragù" and to prepare "lasagne alla bolognese". Genuine ragù alla bolognese is a slowly cooked sauce, and the ingredients include a characteristic soffritto of onion, celery and carrot, different types of minced or finely chopped beef, often alongside small amounts of fatty pork. Red wine and a small amount of tomatoes are added, and the dish is then gently simmered at length to produce a thick sauce.
If you try to order “Spaghetti with Bolognese sauce” in Italy, you will probably be disappointed. If you are a TopGear fan, you will likely remember The Perfect Roadtrip 2 episode where Richard Hammond tries to find Spaghetti with Bolognese sauce in Bologna, Italy, and getting the “no” answer everywhere. That is like calling fried potatoes “French fries” in France. In Italy, the tomato meat sauce is simply called “Ragù” or "Ragù alla Bolognese".
How about trying out this classic Ragù alla Bolognese recipe by Mario Batali?! With a simple salad with olive oil and vinegar, you are set for dinner!
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