Emeril’s One Pot Cooking Party: True Bolognese

This is my second post for Emeril’s blogging party. I’m reviewing Sizzling Skillets and Other One-Pot Wonders by Chef Emeril Lagasse. The first day, I made a delicious white bean soup. Now I actually have the cookbook in my hands. It’s gorgeous! Everything looks delicious, and I am still really loving that everything can be prepared in one dish!

I jumped in with this bolognese sauce. I’ve never made bolognese! Have you? Wikipedia describes it like this: “A meat-based sauce for pasta originating in Bologna, Italy. Bolognese sauce is sometimes taken to be a tomato sauce, but many recipes have only a small amount of tomato concentrate.” Can you pronounce it? I sure can’t, at least not in an attractive way. Tried a thousand times. Thank goodness this is a blog, and not a video. Trust me, hearing me say “Bolognese” is not something you would want to experience.

True to the Wikipedia defininition, Emeril’s version includes only a small amount of tomato paste, but still includes lots of veggies: carrots, celery, and onions. I also added red peppers. Am I capable of making a recipe without adding extra veggies? Sometimes. Not today though.

This sauce is made rich and decadent with the addition of pancetta, wine, and half and half. It also has beef broth to enhance the flavor. It really is delicious. The recipe calls a mixture of beef and veal, but my local Kroger wasn’t helping me out in the veal department, so I went with all ground sirloin. I added a little a lot of extra pancetta to make up for the lack of veal. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

Verdict: This was so decadent and yummy. Buy the book just for this recipe. I really wish I could share it with you, so sorry. Don’t forget, I’ll be giving away a  copy of the book sometime in the next three weeks! If you’re interested in pre-ordering a copy, click here.
Husband’s take: “It’s like Hamburger Helper, only better.” Yep, he really said that. Let me assure you, it is much, much, much better than Hamburger Helper.
Changes I would make: None.
Difficulty: Easy! One pot!

I served my delicious sauce over whole wheat rotini…because it is what I had. I had some lovely rigatoni in my cart at the grocery store, but while I was in the check-out line, I noticed a tear in the package, so I left it with the cashier. (She was sweet and asked if I wanted the bagger to run and get me another package but I said no, because I knew I had pasta at home.)

Everything is better with a heavy portion of grated Parmigiano-Reggiano!


Full disclosure: For my commitment to this blogger cooking party, I received a copy of this cookbook, as well as a set of Emeril – by zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowls, and Emeril Seasoning; a $50 grocery reimbursement and Emeril cookbooks upon completion of the party. The top performing blogger, as selected by T-Fal, will be awarded an Emeril by T-Fal Slow Cooker. You will be eligible to win a copy of the cookbook, as well as the 7-piece zak! set (stick around to hear more about those two things). All opinions about the book and recipes, as always, are my own.

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  6. Love pancetta! Good idea adding more! Looks delicious! Yum!

  7. Good call on the pancetta! Gorgeous photos.

  8. Gorgeous! I love that you served it over whole wheat pasta. Yum!

  9. Geez. I thought I was going to have a hard time narrowing down recipes to make before … now that I’m seeing all these posts, I want to make ALL of them. NOW.

  10. Hamburger Helper….he’s funny! Looks delicious as usual- do all your dinners look this good? We actually do eat Hamburger Helper at my house and call it “a home-cooked meal”.

    • Do all my dinners look this good? No! Ha! And the wine, I poured it in the glass just for the picture then I put it back in the fridge and drank water (although I did drink it later). So now you know all my secrets. Our off nights from home-cooked meals usually include Lebanese carry-out. The Emeril thing is definitely stretching my cooking boundaries though which is good. Making me try new things.

  11. Oh Rachel!!! That looks so good! Your photos look beautiful and so appetizing!

  12. This looks so good. I love all your pictures! Definitely planning on making this soon!

  13. I love bologenese…I just had it for the first time this year and it’s delicious. I’m bookmarking this one!

  14. Love this! Looks so hearty and perfect for Fall.

  15. I’ve never made bolognese either, your dish looks fabulous. I like the whole wheat pasta too.

  16. Ooh! So fresh and full of flavor! I just want to jump right into my computer and start eating!

  17. Lovely! Ah, bolognese is a family favorite around here–they can’t wait for the weather to cool off so I’ll get a pot going :) So good!

  18. I just like to look at that freshly grated cheese, looks like snow flakes :)

  19. Yum – I need to dog ear this page. It looks fantastic! Great job and I love the addition of whole wheat pasta. :)

  20. Definitely comfort food! It LOOKS wonderful and sounds delicious!

  21. Even though I just made this over the weekend, my husband keeps asking if we can have it again already :) Yours looks fantastic! I love that your husband referenced Hamburger Helper – LOL, sounds a lot like something mine would say. I’m with you though, Hamburger Helper has nothing on this dish!

  22. This looks delicious! These blog posts are making me crazy comfort food…I can’t wait for the cookbook giveaway. :)

  23. Love this! Looks so comforting and full of flavor!

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