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Pork bolognese with cheesy pangrattato

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Meaty pork bolognese served over al dente spaghetti topped with crispy, cheesy pangrattato (crispy breadcrumbs) is a delicious, comforting weeknight meal.

Pork bolognese with cheesy pangrattato

I’ve been in a little bit of a funk this last week. There have been press events, cooking demos, personal obligations and the regular routine to fill my days and have just not been in the mood to cook dinner much at night. I made sure the fridge is stocked with ingredients to produce easy, fuss-free dinners that require no effort on my part but will keep us all well-fed. I suppose it’s just that almost-end-of-year slump and I just have no energy for much right now. Hence the copious amounts of coffee I’ve been consuming.

Cheesy pangrattatoSpaghetti bolognese is a dish I have on stand-by for nights when I don’t feel like cooking but feel like eating something delicious. However, I am not always in the mood for the standard bolognese (tasty as it may be) and so I experiment often. Last week I made this crazy good pork bolognese which I cooked with loads of carrots, celery, garlic and onion in a rich tomato and red wine sauce. The pork stayed really moist and I actually prefer it to beef but beef can of course be substituted.

To add another element to the finished dish, I decided to make a pangrattato which if you’re not familiar, is a crunchy breadcrumb topping which adds flavour and body to everything from soups and stews to pastas and risottos. I use it often to add a little crunch to creamy pasta dishes. But this one is extra special. I flavoured it with fresh sage, garlic and lots of Parmesan cheese and you guys. It was so good I actually ate it by the spooonful. It’s seriously addictive.

Pork bolognese with cheesy pangrattatoServed over the saucy spaghetti, it adds great texture and even more flavour and takes this classic weeknight staple to new levels of awesome.

Pork bolognese with cheesy pangrattato

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Pork bolognese with cheesy pangrattato
 
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Meaty pork bolognese served over al dente spaghetti topped with crispy, cheesy pangrattato (crispy breadcrumbs) is a delicious, comforting weeknight meal.
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Recipe type: Pasta, Weeknight recipe, easy recipe, pork
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
for the pork bolognese
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 500g pork mince (ground pork)
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • ½ teaspoon sugar (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • cooked spaghetti, to serve
for the cheesy pangrattato
  • 2 cups chunky, fresh breadcrumbs (I used stale ciabatta to make the crumbs)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 sage leaves, finely chopped
  • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • salt & pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. To make the bolognese, fry the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and thyme in a splash of olive oil until the vegetables start to soften and caramelise slightly.
  2. Add the pork and brown before adding the tomatoes, wine, sugar (if using) and Balsamic.
  3. Turn the heat down and cover then allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  4. Season to taste.
  5. For the cheesy pangrattato, fry all the pangrattato ingredients in a tablespoon of olive oil until golden and crisp then serve sprinkled over the pork bolognese.

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Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • Suzanne Phelps
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    It’s sad that your ego can’t handle any type of criticism. I cook your recipes EVERY week but when my comment on the Pork bolognese with cheesy pangrattato mentioned that we found it a bit bland, you chose not to post it. I guess now I will be deleted from the email list now, for having been honest. So be it.

    • Alida Ryder
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      Hi Suzanne. Firstly, I apologise for your comment just disappearing. I’ve gone through both my Spam and Trash folders on my blog to see where your comment could be (because I honestly did not delete it) and could not find it. I really don’t know what happened there. If you go through some of my other posts you’ll see that I am not shy of criticism. I always publish them (unless they are personally vindictive/mean) as I want to always be able to help my readers to make the most of my recipes.

      And then secondly, I am so sorry that you found this recipe to be bland. Did it just lack flavour in general or was it underseasoned? Usually with red wine, tomato, garlic and herbs meat sauces like this are quite robust in flavour so it would be interesting for me to see where the problem was here. Again, I apologise for this whole situation. I hope you continue cooking my recipes, I really appreciate that you try so many them.

  • Jenni
    Reply

    My family LOVE bolognese and this version was an instant hit. And you’re right about that pangrattato. I couldn’t stop eating it straight out of the pan!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Oh, I’m so pleased to hear that! The pangrattato is so addictive!

  • Ann
    Reply

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was so tasty. My family loved the addition of the crunchy breadcrumbs. Also never used pork for bolognaise before, will definitely use it more often.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Oh yay! I’m so glad you and your family enjoyed it.

  • Laura | Tutti Dolci
    Reply

    Now that the weather is cooling off, I’m craving comfort food. This is one incredible pasta!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Thanks so much Laura! Definitely comfort food!

  • rebecca | DisplacedHousewife
    Reply

    What a gorgeous bowl of pasta!!! Beautiful Alida!! xoxo

  • Reply

    This is one of our favorite comfort food meals of all time Alida! My husband and son Casey could eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Can’t wait to try your recipe. I’m sure it’s absolutely delish!

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