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The art of Italian cooking: Bolognese Tagliatelle

Posted on | March 30, 2010 | 1 Comment

Hi, this is the thirty third post about the art of cooking and tossing Italian pasta.
Today we want to tell you about another well known Italian dish:  Bolognese tagliatelle.
Outside Italy a lot of people think Bolognese spaghetti is an authentic Italian dish.
It’s wrong
In Italy we haven’t the habit to toss spaghetti with Bolognese sauce.
We use Bolognese sauce for tagliatelle, cannelloni (you know it as manicotti, of course) and lasagna.
On the contrary there are a lot of Italian sauces to toss spaghetti. In the next entries we’ll show you the most common and famous.

Now let’s talk about Bolognese tagliatelle! You can read the authentic recipe on this page.
Below you can read more details about this recipe: the secrets of our original home cooking and the rules to serve this dish correctly.

Look at the photo below: this is a tasty dish of tagliatelle made at home and tossed with the  fantastic ragù (ragout) from Bologna (Bolognese sauce). Read more details to prepare the sauce and make egg pasta and then tagliatelle at home.

You can make the pasta sauce both with red wine and white wine. Choose the ingredients you prefer. In the photo you can see the sauce made with white wine.  We think this is the best sauce.

You can use the tagliatelle you prefer.  So you aren’t obliged to do homemade pasta,  you can also buy  ready to cook fresh tagliatelle or dried tagliatelle.

how to toss homemade tagliatelle

Bolognese tagliatelle and its sauce

Look at the photo for more details. This sauce isn’t rich in tomato as you can see in the recipe ingredients too! This is the first rule to serve Bolognese tagliatelle. You have to eat the pasta with its sauce not the sauce with its pasta.

Serve Bolognese  tagliatelle, already tossed, directly in the plate  as you can see in the photo. This is the second rule. We teach you why it is important to serve tagliatelle in this way.
Tagliatelle is a long pasta. The authentic tagliatelle strips are 1 metre (39 in) long.
Imagine to bring a bowl full of tossed tagliatelle to the table. What could happen  while you’re serving your guests and transferring such a long tossed pasta from the bowl  to the plate? :-)
Another mistake is to drain tagliatelle, transfer it into a plate and put a ladle of sauce on the top. Every guest should mix the tagliatelle together with the sauce with his fork on the plate. First of all tagliatelle gets sticky in few moments and everyone could have more problems in tossing it. Besides, according to good manners, your guests must be at their ease. In this way they could get a sauce stain! Would they be at their ease in this way?

The third rule. Don’t sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on the top of the pasta and don’t add Parmesan cheese tossing the tagliatelle. It’s better to put a little bowl full of grated cheese accompanied with a teaspoon on the table. So everyone can do what he prefers.

To finish we want to suggest a last detail that can be very useful if you have guests. If you make tagliatelle at home don’t cut them 1 metre long. Have you ever eaten such a long pasta gracefully? Cut them 50-60 cm long.

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Greetings from Italy

Carlo & Loretta


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