This orecchiette bolognese is a deliciously hearty and comforting dish that will no doubt fill your home with an amazing and cozy aroma!
It’s that time of year. The excitement of the holidays is over. Target has out the bathing suits, Valentine’s Day stuff and I’m sure Easter decorations aren’t too far off and it’s still January.
And I don’t know about you, but here in the mitten it’s bitter cold. Like double up on your socks in your boots with multiple layers under your coat kind of cold. And I want to keep me warm is this Orecchiette Bolognese.
I can’t think of anything better than a pot of a meaty, flavorful bolognese sauce bubbling on the stove top to warm me up. Just the scent alone is amazing, but a forkful of saucy pasta washed down with a glass of wine is the ultimate. Insta-cozy.
I’ve already made this bolognese recipe a handful of times and it has quickly become a family favorite. I’ve made it with spaghetti, mini ziti and I have to say, I like the orecchiette best. Probably because they’re like little sauce cups and they collect the sauce beautifully, plus they’re cute. #letsbereal
I could not wait to share this on Tasty Kitchen. Nam from The Culinary Chronicles is a genius and this sauce is absolutely amazing! I hope you give this sauce a whirl and if you do please let me know! We can virtually high-five or something.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup white onion, finely minced
- 1 cup carrots, finely minced
- 1 cup celery, finely minced
- 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1/2 pound ground veal
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 cup heavy cream, or whole milk
- 1 cup dry red wine, like merlot, chianti or malbec
- 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 16 ounces orecchiette pasta, cooked al dente
- parmesan cheese, freshly grated, for serving
- parsley, minced
- Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven. Add the onions, carrots, celery, and garlic. Sautéed until soft and translucent.
- Then add in the red pepper flakes sauté for an additional minute.
- Add beef, veal, and 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt. Use a wooden spoon, breaking up the meat into small pieces.
- Once the meat is no longer pink, add thyme and bay leaves. Add tomato paste and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
- Add the milk and bring to a simmer. Continue simmering until all the milk has evaporated and only clear juices remain, about 10 minutes.
- Add the wine and bring to a simmer. Continue simmering until all the wine has evaporated, about 10 minutes.
- Add tomatoes with their juices and bring to a boil, then place the heat at the lowest setting. Continue on this very low simmer for 2 – 2 ½ hours, stirring every 20 minutes until you get a rich, thick meaty sauce.
- Check for seasonings and add kosher salt and pepper accordingly.
- Toss the cooked orecchiette in the bolognese sauce and serve topped with parmesan cheese. Garnish with Italian parsley and enjoy!
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I saw this on the TK blog! Love it. It looks so beautiful, too. I could easily see myself making this, but making a mushroom or vegetable bolognese to make it vegetarian!
Thank you! I really love the mushroom idea!!
Bolognese is my absolute favorite! Looks beautiful.
I love LOVE a good bolognese, I don’t know what it is…I feel like it’s the carrot that just does so much for the sauce. This looks absolutely fantastic, great job 🙂
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Thank you! I agree… there’s just something magical about the sauce and I’m betting it’s either the carrots or the wine 😉 !
I am literally drooling!! Perfect for this freezing weather!
Wow, this looks amazing! This is probably a culinary faux pas but can the red wine be substituted with anything else? (I don’t drink and so I don’t ever have alcohol/wines on hand…)
Great question Diana! I don’t see why not… I would just swap it with beef broth and you should be fine, Thanks for stopping by!
Oh YUM. I love orecchiette for the same reasons you do — and with bolognese sauce? Major swoon.
Pure comfort food! Ideal for this FREEZING weather.
I’m in Sconnie, too! It’s so, so cold… But I kind of love it. Good excuse to stay home and cook comfort food. 🙂
Orecchiette is pretty much my favourite pasta too – so good with a hearty sauce like this.
Pasta + wine = the perfect winter cure! This sauce looks heavenly!
Hi Laurie! I have a couple of questions. Celery is not available where I live so is there any other vegetable I could use? Or just leave out the celery? Also I do not have any alcohol, any substite for the wine? Love your blog btw!
Thanks Rabeea! I would just exclude the celery all together and use beef broth in replacement of the wine. Enjoy!
This looks SO GOOD. I’m craving bolognese like crazy now. I agree about the orecchiette too. It’s perfect for collecting sauces. Pinning this to make for later!
This dish is soooooo yummy and warming! Perfect for this winter apocalypse we are having!! Definitely a comfort food and will be served in our house again and again!!! 🙂
Laurie, I made this last night for dinner and it’s amazing. My family absolutely loved it. Have never made a sauce like this before. I will be coming back to it many times I’m sure. Thanks for sharing.