Pasta bolognese on a summers day

Wild Pasta Bolo

Oct 10, 2023Kaj de Jager

Pasta Bolo. Who hasn't grown up with it? Previously made as a quick snack by your parents and later as a go-to dish when money ran out.

Pasta bolognese, also known as spaghetti bolognese, is an iconic dish loved all over the world. It is a rich, savory sauce based on minced meat and tomatoes, served over pasta. It's a comfort food often associated with Italian cuisine, but the origins of this dish are actually not that clear.

Although the name "bolognese" suggests that the dish originated in the northern Italian city of Bologna, there is little evidence to support this claim. In fact, some historians have suggested that the dish's origins actually lie in southern Italy.

One of the first known recipes for pasta with minced meat sauce was published in 1891 by Pellegrino Artusi in his famous cookbook "La Scienza in Cucina e l'Arte di Mangiar Bene" (Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Good Eating). The recipe was called "Maccheroni alla Bolognese" and included minced meat, tomatoes and onion. However, it wasn't the heavy, rich sauce we associate with pasta bolognese today. In fact it was more of a simple tomato sauce with minced meat mixed in.

The modern recipe for pasta bolognese did not emerge until the 1950s, when the dish became popular in the United States and other parts of the world. American and British chefs began adding ingredients such as wine, milk and stock to make the sauce thicker and richer.

A possible explanation for the name "bolognese" is that the dish was inspired by a traditional dish from Bologna called "ragù alla bolognese". Ragù alla bolognese is a slow-cooked meat sauce with vegetables and wine, often served with tagliatelle.

Although the origins of pasta bolognese are not entirely clear, it remains a popular and beloved dish around the world. Whether it comes from Bologna or not, it remains a classic that continues to comfort many people and satisfy their taste buds.

Now this meat sauce is generally made with ground beef, but as Predetarians we are not such a fan of this. That's why we created the Predetarian variant!

We use minced game for this dish. You can choose from any animal. Think of goose, wild boar, deer or even roe for real luxury dinners. After using minced venison, you won't understand that this pasta was ever made with beef.

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