I hope not. Because it’s one of those year round comfort foods for me. I seriously can’t get enough.
Bolognese sauce is one of those quintessential recipes that you’ve always got to have in your back pocket. It feeds a crowd, comforts just about everyone and is one of the best ways to whip up a quick dinner.
I like my Bolognese sauce simmered with lots of red wine. The Naked Grape’s Cabernet Sauvignon is perfect for this. It’s dark fruit and blackberry components make this sauce seriously stand out in a crowd.
Bolognese sauce is basically a combination of some sautéed aromatics like onions, celery, carrots and garlic, some dried herbs like basil and thyme and then ground beef. Sometimes I’ll use a little ground pork too, but for simplicity reasons, you can stick with ground beef. Once everything gets sautéed and the meat begins to brown, you just add in a little red wine and let the wine reduce to really intensify the flavor. Then you just finish it out with some whole milk and some crushed tomatoes to give it that great bright red color and let it simmer for a bit so the flavors can really develop and shine.
This is a great dish to make a day ahead of time too! I even like to make big batches of this and then freeze it in smaller portions so I can take it out of the freezer and re-heat it when I need a delicious and comforting meal. One thing to keep in mind when you’re making a sauce such as this, go ahead and season it a little bit with salt and pepper throughout the cooking process. It’s going to give you more flavor than just seasoning it at the end of cooking!
So I guess the moral of the story is, I should make a big batch of this right about now and then freeze little portions so I’ve got it ready to go throughout the summer when a Bolognese craving strikes!
Step by step pictures are coming at ya….
ready, set, go!
(Recipe at the bottom!)