Return to listing

Ragu Bolognese

You can watch this recipe being made by clicking on the video at the bottom

 
 

This recipe is adapted from Delia's Complete How to Cook

Method

First of all take a large frying pan and heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over a medium heat and gently fry the onion for about 10 minutes, moving it around from time to time.

While the onion is softening, chop the pancetta: the best way to do this after opening the pack is to roll the contents into a sausage shape, then using a sharp knife, slice it lengthways into 4, then slice the lengths across as finely as possible.

After 10 minutes, add this to the pan to join the onion, add the garlic and continue cooking the whole lot for about 5 minutes.

Now transfer this mixture to the casserole.

Then add ¾ tablespoon of olive oil to the frying pan, turn up the heat to it highest then add the half of the minced beef and brown it, breaking it up and moving it round in the pan. Either with a wooden fork or a balloon whisk is really helpful here.

When the beef is browned, tip it into the casserole to join the onions, then heat another ¾ tablespoon of olive oil and do exactly the same with the remaining minced beef followed by the minced pork, again in two batches. Transferring the browned meat to the casserole as you go.

Pre-heat the oven to 140°C, gas mark 1.

Next place the casserole over the direct heat and give everything a really good stir, then add the tomatoes, sundried tomato paste, red wine and a really good seasoning of salt, pepper and a good grating of nutmeg and finally two rounded tablespoons of chopped basil.

More stirring now, then allow this to come up to simmering point.

Then cover with a tight fitting lid and place the casserole in the centre of the oven and leave it to cook for 3 hours, removing the lid halfway through. What you should end up with is a thick, reduced concentrated sauce with only a trace of liquid left in it, taste to check the seasoning then stir in the remaining basil.

When it’s completely cold divide it evenly into eight small polythene freezer bags.

 

Return to Homepage
Visit the Delia Online Cookery School with Waitrose
Click here to go to Waitrose.com
 
 

Related recipes


Lasagne al Forno Serves 6

Lasagne al Forno

Lasagne al Forno can be made well in advance (or even frozen), then all you need to do is to bake it in the oven for 45-50 minutes

 
 
Spaghetti Bolognese Serves 2

Spaghetti Bolognese

Delia's Ragu Bolognese sauce is transformed into Spaghetti Bolognese with the addition of tomatoes and basil

 
 
Baked Macaroni Pie Serves 3-4

Baked Macaroni Pie

Use a portion of Delia's Ragu Bolognese, add macaroni pasta and a white sauce to transform it in to Baked Macaroni Pie

 
 

 

 




 
Forums
Popular topic
Latest post
Ask Lindsey... For monkeypuzzle
21 Oct 2014 14:17
Coffee Break Cheese
21 Oct 2014 18:36
Food and travel probably not
20 Oct 2014 17:18
Ingredients Naina ~ Gateaux de Yaourt
13 Aug 2014 15:12
Can Anyone Help? Cheese and Onion Pie
21 Oct 2014 14:36
Books Video
21 Oct 2014 18:07
Equipment For Boy Wonder
21 Oct 2014 15:41
Gardening What's happening in your garden?
16 Oct 2014 23:27
 
NetObserver
CMS solutions by REDtechnology.com