Rigatoni Bolognese

9 Jan

Rigatoni is a perfect match for this meaty, flavorful Bolognese which is my interpretation of a centuries-old sauce.

Time: 30 min prep, 2 hours+ cook        Serves: 6


  • Sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup diced celery, about 2 stalks
  • 1 cup diced carrots, about 2-3 carrots
  • 2 cups diced onion, about 1 large
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • crushed red pepper flakes to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 8 oz. baby bella mushrooms, diced
  • 1 cup dry red wine (I used Merlot)
  • 1 8 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with liquid
  • Ricotta Topping

  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp garlic chives, chopped
  • splash basil oil (I used Kenzoil – olive oil seasoned with fresh basil & garlic. (If you can’t find this product, just combine 1 tbsp olive oil with about 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil and two minced garlic cloves.)
  • 1/2 pound Rigatoni

How to make it

  • Sauce

  • Heat oil in a 5qt stock pot over medium heat. Add celery, carrots and onion and saute for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and crushed red pepper and saute another 2 minutes, stirring. Add beef and pork and break up as it browns. Cook until most of liquid is gone. Season with salt and pepper. Add thyme, oregano and mushrooms and cook for about 2 minutes, stirring. Add wine and cook until reduced by at least half. Add tomato sauce & tomatoes, stir, and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook for at least 1 1/2 hours (the longer the better), stirring.
  • Ricotta Topping

  • Combine ingredients and mix to combine. Refrigerate if not using right away.
  • Cook pasta al dente 10-15 minutes before ready to serve. Toss with sauce. Top each serving with a dollop of the Ricotta topping.

One Response to “Rigatoni Bolognese”


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