Brown the meat evenly and then pour in the white wine. Let the alcohol evaporate before adding the tomato sauce and the bouquet garni. Season with salt and pepper. Cook the meat sauce over a gentle heat for at least 3 hours, stirring from time to time. Should it become too dry, add a spoonful or two of water while it is cooking.
Useful tips and interesting facts
Like any other traditional recipe, every household has its own version of Bolognese meat sauce. Some add milk towards the end of the cooking process while others use no other meat but beef and some even prefer to use tomato purée instead of tomato sauce. One thing is sure, though: Bolognese meat sauce must cook at length over a gentle heat. This is a special Sunday recipe for serving with fresh egg pasta so, in view of this important function, it deserves to be cooked slowly and lovingly. A tip for keeping your kitchen neat and tidy as you work? Always have a bowl on your worktop for collecting the scraps. This will keep your workplace clean and well organized.
There are no real variants of Bolognese sauce, but you can prepare a so-called “white” meat sauce (veal, rabbit etc.) for serving with pasta in a way that is traditional, yet alternative. The method is just the same but, in this case, it is advisable to use white wine. Once the alcohol has evaporated, the white meat sauce is ready. Toss the pasta with the sauce and serve with plenty of grated Parmigiano Reggiano.