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Ask Plated: What Is Bolognese?

This Italian meat sauce can be made with any combination of beef, pork, and pancetta—then finished with milk or cream.

The only thing our chefs love more than cooking is teaching others to love it too. In this series, we’ll be sharing our insight into food terms you may not know, or might need a quick refresher on. Bolognese most likely sounds familiar, but do you actually know what it refers to? 

Bolognese is an Italian meat sauce named for the region from which it hails: Bologna. It can be made with any combination of beef, pork, and pancetta—then finished with milk or cream. While recipes vary, most are built around dairy, cooking wine, stock, and of course, meat. Simmering adds a complexity that distinguishes it from the standard tomato-based sauce. While it’s certainly hearty enough to stand on its own, classic bolognese is often used as an element of a larger dish—like lasagna, for instance.

Enjoy it this week in our Bolognese with Roasted Parsnips.

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