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Beef Bolognese with Linguine Recipe

Beef Bolognese with Linguine Recipe

After much research, tasting and tweaking, I finally came up with this recipe, based on a dish from an Italian restaurant where I worked. It’s perfect for feeding a house full of holiday guests the Sunday before or after Christmas. —Christine Wendland, Browns Mills, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 3-1/2 hours. YIELD:18 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds lean ground beef (90% lean)
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 6 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste, divided
  • 9 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 5 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3 teaspoons dried marjoram
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1-1/2 cups dry red wine
  • 3 cans (28 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1-1/2 cups beef stock
  • 6 bay leaves
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Hot cooked linguine
  • Additional grated Parmesan cheese, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a stockpot, cook half of the beef over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles. Remove beef with a slotted spoon; set aside. Pour off drippings. Repeat with remaining beef.
  • 2. In the same stockpot, heat oil over medium heat. Add the onions, carrots and celery; cook and stir until tender. Stir in 1 cup tomato paste; cook and stir 3 minutes longer. Add the garlic, seasonings and beef.
  • 3. Stir in wine. Bring to a boil; cook until almost evaporated. Add tomatoes, stock and bay leaves; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 3 hours or until desired consistency, stirring in milk halfway through cooking.
  • 4. Remove bay leaves. Stir in cheese and remaining tomato paste; heat through. Serve with linguine and, if desired, additional cheese. Yield: 18 servings (1 cup each).

Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.