tagliatelle with ragu bolognese


Makes 4 serves - Preparation time 1 hour - cooking time; 3 hours for the ragu' + 3 minutes to boil pasta

  • 180g 00 flour + 20g semolina wheat flour (or 200g all-purpose flour)

  • 2 eggs

  • olive oil, 5 T

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped

  • 2 sticks celery, diced

  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped finely

  • 1 garlic clove, crushed

  • 400g beef mince

  • 400g pork mince or sausage

  • salt and black pepper

  • 1 tbsp chopped thyme

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 1 cup red wine

  • 3 tbsp tomato paste

  • 350g tomato sauce

  • 1 cup water

  • ½ cup of milk

  • 4 Tablespoons fresh grated Parmesan (optional)

MAKING THE SAUCE Heat a large pot until hot and add the olive oil.

Suate the onion until translucent.

Add celery, carrot and garlic and cook until softened.

Add the mince and cook until browned all over. Season with salt and pepper.

Add thyme and bay leaf.

Add the wine, mix well and let it evaporate on a high flame.

Add the tomato paste, stir well, then add tomato sauce.

Finally add the water and bring to the boil. Cover and let it simmer away for at least two/three hours (actually the more it cooks the better will taste, my grandmother used to cook it for 5 hours, so don’t be in a hurry!), or until the beef is tender.

A few minutes before turning the flame off add the milk and stir gently. The milk will make the meat more tender.

MAKING THE DOUGH While your ragu is cooking make the dough following my guide here


Place rolled dough onto a work surface dusted with flour, sprinkle with more flour to upper surface.

Adjust pasta machine to noodle setting. Working one dough segment at a time, feed dough through the pasta-cutter. Alternatively, cut folded dough by hand with a chef's knife to desired noodle width.

Divide the cut noodles into individual portions, dust lightly with flour, and curl into a nest. Place on a wooden board and gently cover with kitchen towel until ready to cook.


Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook tagliatelle until tender, about 3 minutes.

Toss with sauce, sprinkle with Parmesan and serve.

Hope you enjoy this recipe! If you make it, please let me know your thoughts and tag me on my Fb page Pasta Journey or my Instagram _pastajourney_ . I would love to hear from you!

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