I made this for the first time yesterday, and it was truly fantastic. One thing to note - pancetta seems to vary quite a bit in saltiness, so you may need to adjust the added salt down if your pancetta seems to be on the salty side. I neglected to think about that and ended up having to add some extra wine to dilute the saltiness. I also added a few pinches of sugar to bring down the acidity from the wine. Otherwise, best bolognese sauce I've ever made - I will be sticking with this recipe.
Fettuccine with Bolognese Sauce
sarahkaye Posted: 01/18/10
racye1 Posted: 10/05/10
This was heavenly...period! Excellent dish.
taffrail Posted: 01/17/11
Outstanding. WATCH THE SALT! Have made this twice and keep reducing the amount of salt. I've found 1 tsp. is plenty if you use really good pancetta. Substituted meat loaf mix (pork, veal, beef) for all beef, with outstanding results.
greglindquist Posted: 02/23/11
Best sauce ever. Made a few minor changes. Used dry herbs as did not have fresh. Since very earthy with dried I will reduce a little next time. Added half a jar of sliced mushrooms because everything is better with mushrooms. Only used half an onion, since that is what I found in fridge, worked out very well. Dropped red pepper and used a Tuscon Dried Herbs Seasoning for a very little heat. Not sure it made any difference but I used a Spanish Sparkling white wine, the balance I served with dinner. Went over very nicely. I plan to double recipe next time as there just were not enough left overs. PS: leftovers tasted even better that the first night. Left over sauce frozen nicely, defrosed a little dry. But when heated up it was like the first night, Happy cooking and eating. Plan to serve to guests next week and I am sure they will want a conatiner of Bolognese Sauce to go home with! Greg
TheAspiringChef Posted: 01/15/13
Per the other reviewers, I put less salt than called for an the sauce came out great. This is definitely a super easy dish. The "hardest"/most time-consuming part of this recipe is chopping the veggies. I was a little skeptical as I was making because it didn't look too appealing, but by the time it simmered and I tasted it, my skepticism flew out the door. I'll definitely be making this again!
Dithy7982 Posted: 02/28/14
We loved this. Omitted the carrot and pancetta and used 1 lb mild ground Italian sausage and 1 lb ground beef. Did everything else the same-- very easy. Going into the rotation :)