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A Deep Dive Into Bolognese Sauce

There’s a big reason why Italian cuisine is one of the most beloved food groups across the world, and much of it has to do with the wide variety of flavors within each dish! The addition of one simple ingredient can completely change the makeup of a recipe. Take a simple bowl of spaghetti for example. Adding a little bit of bolognese sauce can completely change its flavor! If you’ve ever wanted to know more about bolognese sauce, read on to learn everything you need to know about it!

The Ingredients

At first glance, bolognese sauce looks like a traditional meat sauce. If you take a look at the ingredients, however, you’ll realize that it’s a little more complex than that! The base of the sauce is ground meat, but this is combined with other ingredients that are sweated to maximize their flavor. In addition to ground meat, standard bolognese sauce is mixed with celery, chopped onions, pancetta, and carrots. It’s further seasoned with a little bit of black pepper and tomatoes and then cooked together to make the final product.

Where Does It Come From?

Depending on where you’ll look online, a lot of sources will mistakenly tell you that bolognese sauce originated in the Bologna region of Italy. However, this actually isn’t the case at all! The true origins of bolognese sauce are unknown. Some people theorize that it came from an early dish which utilized tagliatelle pasta and ragu sauce, while others mistake its namesake for its region of origin. Like many other foods in Italian history, there is no definite answer to the question of its origin.

Where Is It Best Utilized?

As you can expect from a meat based pasta sauce, bolognese sauce is a little on the heavier side. This means that it’s best utilized with pasta that can handle these heavy sauces. We’ve mentioned that it works well with spaghetti, but it also works with thick, long pasta noodles. These noodles help to absorb the sauce without making the noodles too soggy. You can even add meatballs to it to further increase the protein you’ll get from it!

Italian Delights at Bricco

If you’re looking for some tasty Italian cuisines that utilize bolognese sauce, look no further than Bricco! Every dish on our menu is designed to give your taste buds the feeling of dining in the most exquisite and authentic Italian restaurants. To experience some of the best Italian food in Boston, click here to make a reservation with us!