Bucatini Bolognese with Beyond Beef | Bucatini Bolognese is a savory Italian dish combining hearty meat sauce and thick, hollow bucatini pasta. The sauce is made with vegetables and beyond beef, or regular beef and simmered to yield a rich and flavorful sauce. Pair with bucatini noodles for a fantastic weekend or date night dinner.
- What is Bolognese sauce?
- What is the difference between Bolognese sauce and other tomato-based sauces?
- What is bucatini pasta?
- How is bucatini pasta different from other pasta shapes?
- Instructions for Bucatini Bolognese
- Tips for making Bolognese sauce
- What to serve with Bucatini Bolognese
Bucatini Bolognese is a hearty and comforting pasta dish with lots of flavor, gained by using fresh ingredients and taking the time to simmer the sauce.
These days, I make my Bolognese sauce using Beyond Beef, a fantastic meat substitute that's perfect for those looking for a plant-based alternative. You can use regular beef like my original recipe instructed - it's all up to you!
What is Bolognese sauce?
As noted above, Bolognese sauce, also known as ragù alla Bolognese, is a meat-based tomato sauce that originated in the northern Italian city of Bologna. The sauce typically consists of ground beef or pork, diced vegetables such as onions, carrots, and celery, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, and a splash of wine. The sauce is then simmered for several hours, allowing the flavors to meld together and create a rich, meaty sauce.
What is the difference between Bolognese sauce and other tomato-based sauces?
Bolognese sauce is made with more ingredients than just tomatoes, like carrots, onions, celery, and notably, meat. The sauce has a long cooking time because the simmering is what helps meld all of the flavors together into a bold and delicious sauce.
What is bucatini pasta?
Bucatini is a thick, spaghetti-like pasta that hails from the central Italian region of Lazio.
How is bucatini pasta different from other pasta shapes?
While bucatini pasta may look similar to spaghetti or linguine, its hollow center sets it apart from other pasta shapes. The thickness of bucatini also makes it more resistant to overcooking, meaning it can hold up better to hearty meat sauces.
See the recipe card for exact amounts.
Instructions for Bucatini Bolognese
To make this sauce you'll start with a quick sauté of the vegetables and beyond beef and then move right into a long simmer. Then simply boil your pasta 10-20 minutes before dinner and combine to serve.
1. Sauté the vegetables over medium heat until they soften, about 8-10 minutes.
2. Cook the Beyond Beef or beef and then add the tomato paste and garlic and cook them for one minute.
3. Add the water and tomato and bring to boil. Turn the heat down to keep the sauce at a simmer and let it go as long as you can - an hour or two is good. Stir occasionally.
4. Add the cream and then grate in some fresh nutmeg if using.
5. To serve I like to mix the sauce with the pasta per portion.
6. Using tongs makes this easy. You can also just mix all of the noodles into the sauce or serve noodles and ladle sauce over top. I like it mixed together.
Serve the pasta as is or garnish with fresh grated Parmesan cheese and basil leaves.
Tips for making Bolognese sauce
What to serve with Bucatini Bolognese
I like to serve my Bucatini Bolognese with a side of Roasted Broccoli. You could serve this pasta dish with Roasted Green Beans, or a simple side salad with Honey Balsamic Dressing. Try my fluffy Focaccia bread recipe for a full spread.
Want pasta but quicker? Try my Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta.
Store leftover sauce in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
Freeze the leftover sauce in an airtight container for about 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.
Reheat on the stovetop or in the microwave until hot, stirring occasionally.
Yes. This sauce freezes well. Store it in an airtight container or freezer-safe bags for up to 3 months. Thaw it overnight in the refrigerator and reheat it on the stovetop or in the microwave when you're ready to enjoy it again.
Yes. Ensure that all the ingredients, including the pasta, cream, and Parmesan cheese, are vegan-friendly by using a plant-based alternative. These are available in most grocery stores.
Bucatini Bolognese with Beyond Beef
- 1 tablespoon oil (for frying)
- 340 grams Beyond Beef (or ground beef)
- 2 carrot (diced)
- 2 celery (diced)
- 1 onion (diced)
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- 28 oz crushed tomato
- ½ cup water (or vegetable stock, or red wine)
- ¼ cup cream (10%)
- 1 lb bucatini pasta (cooked to al dente)
- Dash of nutmeg
- Handful of fresh basil (optional, for garnish)
- Fresh grated parmesan (optional, for serving)
- Heat oil in a large dutch oven or pot over medium-high heat. Add carrot, celery, and onion, and saute for 10-12 minutes until softened and slightly browned.
- Add the beyond beef and cook for 8-10 minutes until darker in color and cooked through. Add garlic and tomato paste and cook for 30 seconds.
- Add the crushed tomato and ½ cup liquid. Stir, bring to a boil, then turn the heat down to medium-low and cover. Let simmer for an hour or two, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in cream and nutmeg, then serve.
- Cover cooked noodles with the sauce, and stir together if you like. I do this in a bowl and mix each portion with tongs. Garnish with fresh basil and freshly grated Parmesan, optional.
Nutritional information is an estimate. Values vary based on products used.
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This post was originally posted on April 12, 2016.
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