Today’s recipe is an oldie but definitely a goodie – Spaghetti Bolognese or rather Ragù Bolognese! It is by all means my boys’ favourite dinner EVER and something tells me our family isn’t the only one. 🙂 It might not be 100% authentic Italian recipe, however it’s based on one and the end product taste simply amazing! I’ve also adapted the cooking method for my new Instant Pot hence Instant Pot Ragù Bolognese. You will find the original (on the hob) method here as well.
I’m sure there are as many different variations of Ragù Bolognese as there are people who make it. You can really go to town with this comforting and satisfying rich and meaty sauce. Few years back I’ve looked into the original Italian recipe and even then I came across number of different versions. One thing I found really interesting is that Italians add chicken livers to their ragu for extra richness. I’ve made it like this few times before but since making it predominantly as a family meal, I don’t bother anymore. 🙂 One thing I have stuck with though is adding milk towards the end of cooking. I think it works beautifully by mellowing this otherwise rich sauce. You can of course skip milk if you so wish, I won’t know lol 😉 .
Ragù Bolognese is a perfect carrier for whole loads of veggie goodness. Although original Italian vegetable base (soffritto) only contains onions, carrots and celery, you most definitely don’t need to stick to just those. I very often add my favourite broccoli stalk to bulk it up even more or some mushrooms work really great here. Whatever you’ve got in your fridge that could do with using up really, I don’t think you can go wrong here.
I have been making my Ragù Bolognese like this for over 10 years now but only recently started using my new Instant Pot which makes it that bit quicker. The initial part of sautéing your veggie base and your meat doesn’t differ at all and cannot be sped up am afraid. However, once you are ready to simmer your ragù for what takes over an hour on the hob (with occasional stir), it will only take 15 minutes in your Instant Pot and without any assistance whatsoever.
Making Ragù Bolognese is a perfect batch cooking opportunity as you can make a lot of it in one go and have it all portioned and in the freezer for when you need a quick meal or simply don’t feel like cooking. This recipe usually yields between 4-5 dinners for our family (2 adults and 2 young children) as a Spaghetti Bolognese. It is also a perfect base for lasagne, stuffed cannelloni or served with jacket potatoes.
I hope you enjoy my take on Ragù Bolognese and will be doing spot of batch cooking yourselves soon. Feel free to share your thoughts on my recipe in the comments below or via my Facebook page, Twitter or Instagram
If you’d like some more batch cooking recipes, check out my Veggie Lentils and Spinach Lasagne which is another staple, freezer dish in our house. Alternatively, if you are looking for something warming and delicious to make in your Instant Pot, check out this Instant Pot Ginger Spiced Beetroot Soup which is perfect this time of year.
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