Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Simple Bolognese

Thanks for all your sweet comments yesterday!  We worked extra hard to make sure to get it done so that I could share it with all of you!  If you have any suggestions on how we might style it {and get better photos!} that would be great.  I always learn so much for you!

This week's recipe is a simple bolognese.  Why is it simple, you ask?  Well mainly because I did not cook it!  :)  My parents-in-law had us over for dinner Saturday night and whipped up this fabulous dish!  Hubby and I have learned a lot about cooking together from his parents...I think it's a neat tradition and has set a great example for Ryan and his siblings.  OH and Mama Schue recently got started on Twitter {show her some love! @mamaschue1}. 

This recipe comes courtesy of our favorite, Barefoot Contessa!  She really can do no wrong!  :)

  • 2 tablespoons good olive oil, plus extra to cook the pasta
  • 1 pound lean ground sirloin
  • 4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 1/4 cups dry red wine, divided
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4 pound dried pasta, such as orecchiette or small shells
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large (12-inch) skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground sirloin and cook, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the meat has lost its pink color and has started to brown. Stir in the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute. Pour 1 cup of the wine into the skillet and stir to scrape up any browned bits. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 tablespoon salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons pepper, stirring until combined. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a tablespoon of salt, a splash of oil, and the pasta, and cook according to the directions on the box.
While the pasta cooks, finish the sauce. Add the nutmeg, basil, cream, and the remaining 1/4 cup wine to the sauce and simmer for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened. When the pasta is cooked, drain and pour into a large serving bowl. Add the sauce and 1/2 cup Parmesan and toss well. Serve hot with Parmesan on the side.

This is the perfect meal for a week night...warm and cozy too!  It's got lots of rich flavor and is perfect with some crusty bread and a green salad!  :)
Hope you enjoy!  Bon Appetit!

xo natasha

Linked to: Tasty Tuesdays

P.S. I am super excited to be guest posting at two awesome blogs today!

Lesley is featuring me on her new & inspiration series: LIFT!  Check it out here!

Viv is featuring my favorite fall palette!  Check it out here!

Thanks to both of these girls for having me today!  xo


  1. Yummy yum! That looks absolutely delish.

    And thanks for stopping by Fashion Truffles today! It was so great working with you :)

  2. Yummy! I am always up for a new recipe. This looks delicious.

  3. I love bolognese for a midweek meal and this looks delicious. Must give it a go:)

  4. YUM! This looks so delicious and I love learning about new pasta dishes! xo

  5. my husband would love this one.

    xo, chrissy

  6. I love a simple and classic bolognese! Thanks for sharing

  7. Ina never disappoints! I have had this recipe bookmarked to make for awhile! Yours looks delish!

  8. My children would sure love this. I need to go check out your guest posts! Have a great day.

  9. This looks scrumptious! I used to have my own "tasty tuesday" series on my blog, but now I'll have to look into linking up! love that.

    now your newest follower!

  10. This dish looks right up my alley and ya gotta love that you didnt have to cook either...woohoo. I love not having to cook a week night!

  11. yum!! i love bolognese! such a great fall dish.

  12. Perhaps it is because fall weather is settling in, but I have been craving hearty, meaty pasta dishes! And I will never argue with a bowl of bolognese...especially when it looks and sounds as delicious as yours :) I am so hungry now!!! xoxoxo brynn

  13. Loved your guest post!! It was fun to learn a bit more about you!

  14. Oh my gosh I am drooling. What a fantastic recipe. Since I'm Italian, I have to give it a try!

  15. oh my lanta, as I like to say.
    Wow. Looks scrumptious! Gonna have my mom make this!

    Loved your post on FT today :)

  16. This looks yummy! And your hutch looks great! I'm glad you went with the black :)

  17. pasta dishes make me happy!! how sweet to share in dinner times with your fam! ;)

    great guest posts too!!

  18. Yum Yum! I am going to try this variation of a meat sauce. I love Barefoot Contessa!!

  19. I have got to make this. You are so right.. the Barefoot Contessa can do no wrong. Have never made anything of hers that I didn't love.

  20. you don't understand how much I'm not craving pasta in a CRAZY way ;) I love me some Barefoot Contessa--and your food posts! Hope you're having a great week, love! xoxo {av}

  21. This looks so delicious and I love Barefoot Contessa she is definitely my girl crush!

  22. Looks delicious Natasha. How fun that you cook with your in-laws!

  23. I always love a good bolognese...but that might just be because I am an italian food junkie! This has my tummy rumbling...(c:

  24. Yum! I always thought this was so hard to make but its actually easy I definitely need to try this out!


  25. YUM! I'm going to have to try this recipe next time I make pasta for supper.

    I'm no help with tips for styling food for photos - my food photos always come out looking very UNappetizing! I think yours look great :-)

  26. That seriously needs to end up on our dinner menu soon!!

  27. I think you're giving me my pasta fill! Pinning this one to try soon!!! Looks absolutely scrumptious!

  28. Yummy! Thank you for the recipe...so glad I'm stumbling upon blogs I haven't been to in a bit and catching up! :)

    Liesl :)


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