1. Recipes
  2. The secret to the best bolognese
The Secret to the Best Bolognese

The secret to the best bolognese

Bolognese – it's a comfort food classic. We've all had a go at cooking a version of this Italian staple, and opinions are strong on what makes the perfect bolognese. So we've sourced a few tricks of the trade to help you upgrade your ragu to impress your guests next time you fancy cooking up a storm.

San Marzano tomatoes, every time – Made in Italy, London

The chefs at Made in Italy swear by San Marzano tomatoes to make an unbeatable bolognese. These are considered to be the pinnacle of plum tomatoes – they're sweeter and have a slight acidity that helps balance out rich meaty dishes, like a ragu. Mixed herbs will give your sauce an extra lift, too.

Slow and steady – Amici Miei, London

Amici Miei's chefs achieve bolognese brilliance with a classic soffritto base of carrots, celery and onions. They use a combination of beef and pork to start their perfect ragu, and add red wine and tomatoes. But their top tip is to give this sauce a lot of love by cooking it for at least eight hours, with extra broth added along the way when it's needed. Patience is definitely a virtue with this recipe, but what a pay-off in the end!

A very good red – Benedicto's, Worcester

Tano, owner of Benedicto's in Worcester, says the secret to a perfect bolognese is red wine. But they're not talking about any old bottle, it has to be a full-bodied Chianti. Brits love a 'spag bol', but in Italy a classic bolognese is served with tagliatelle, which is what Benedicto's uses for their dish. That's because the long, thick ribbons are better at picking up a robust ragu, so more sauce sticks to your pasta than if you use spaghetti.

Mix up the meats – Jamie's Italian, nationwide

As you'd expect with a bolognese from Jamie's Italian, it starts out by sticking to tradition with a soffritto base, cooked until translucent and sweet. They also go in with tomatoes and, like Benedicto's, use a hearty Tuscan Chianti for the sauce. But their trick for a perfect bolognese lies in a mixture of minced beef and pork, with pancetta, as Ed Loftus, their global Director of Food and Development, explains. "The grind on the meat can't be too fine – if it's a little bit coarse, it gives a better result. I love mincing some pancetta with my pork to give a beautiful smoky flavour."

So there you have it – top bolognese tricks to impress your mates with next time you order in or rustle up your own culinary masterpiece.

Give some of these bolognese hacks a go for yourself. Or, to sample some delicious Italian cuisine from any of our top chefs, order now on Deliveroo.

Deliveroo application

Download the App on iPhone or Android.

Deliveroo iPhone application
Deliveroo Android application