Fresh Pappardelle Bolognese with Romaine & Apple Salad

Fresh Pappardelle Bolognese

with Romaine & Apple Salad

4 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Before supermarkets and large-scale farms, people only ate locally. Meals were made entirely from ingredients grown and produced close by. For this dish, we’re bringing that idea back! Bolognese is a classic meat sauce from Bologna, the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region of Northern Italy. And Parmesan cheese is from exactly same area. We’re pairing them here with local American produce. The result is a meal that’s globally local. Enjoy, chefs!

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    700 Cals (est.)
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ingredients
Fresh Pappardelle Bolognese with Romaine & Apple Salad
Title
  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 lb Pappardelle Pasta
  • 2 Carrots
  • 2 stalks Celery
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 Apple
  • 1 head Romaine Lettuce
  • 1 large bunch Parsley
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 4 Tbsps Tomato Paste
  • 3 Tbsps Beef Demi-Glace
  • 1 Fresh Bay Leaf
  • ⅔ cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • ¼ cup Heavy Cream
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tips & techniques
Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Medium dice the onion. Peel and mince the garlic. Thinly slice half the celery; small dice the remaining celery. Peel and small dice the carrots. Quarter the lemon and remove the seeds. Cut the apple into thin matchsticks; toss with the juice of 2 lemon wedges to prevent browning. Remove and discard the root of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves. Pick the parsley leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Roughly chop half the parsley leaves; keep the remaining leaves whole.

Start the sauce:
2 Start the sauce:

In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic, carrots, onion, diced celery and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until softened. Add the tomato paste; cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant and the tomato paste is dark red in color.

Cook the beef:
3 Cook the beef:

While the vegetables cook, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ground beef; season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned. Remove from heat. Carefully drain off and discard any rendered fat in the pan.

Finish the sauce:
4 Finish the sauce:

To the pot of vegetables, add the cooked beef, beef demi-glace, heavy cream and 2½ cups of water; stir until well combined. Heat to boiling on high, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot; season with salt and pepper. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high; simmer, stirring occasionally, 14 to 16 minutes, or until thickened and slightly reduced in volume. Remove from heat.

Cook & finish the pasta:
5 Cook & finish the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water; cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water; drain the cooked pasta and transfer it directly to the pot of sauce along with the reserved pasta water. Cook on medium, stirring to coat the noodles in the sauce, 1 to 2 minutes, or until well combined. Stir in half the Parmesan cheese. Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Assemble the salad & serve your dish:
6 Assemble the salad & serve your dish:

In medium bowl, combine the lettuce, sliced celery, apple, whole parsley, all but a pinch of the remaining Parmesan cheese and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the salad and finished pasta to serving dishes. Garnish the pasta with the chopped parsley and remaining Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Heat a large pot of salted water to boiling on high. Medium dice the onion. Peel and mince the garlic. Thinly slice half the celery; small dice the remaining celery. Peel and small dice the carrots. Quarter the lemon and remove the seeds. Cut the apple into thin matchsticks; toss with the juice of 2 lemon wedges to prevent browning. Remove and discard the root of the lettuce; roughly chop the leaves. Pick the parsley leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Roughly chop half the parsley leaves; keep the remaining leaves whole.

2 Start the sauce:

In a medium pot, heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the garlic, carrots, onion, diced celery and bay leaf; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes, or until softened. Add the tomato paste; cook, stirring frequently, 2 to 3 minutes, or until fragrant and the tomato paste is dark red in color.

Start the sauce:
Cook the beef:
3 Cook the beef:

While the vegetables cook, in a large pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the ground beef; season with salt and pepper. Cook, frequently breaking the meat apart with a spoon, 5 to 7 minutes, or until browned. Remove from heat. Carefully drain off and discard any rendered fat in the pan.

4 Finish the sauce:

To the pot of vegetables, add the cooked beef, beef demi-glace, heavy cream and 2½ cups of water; stir until well combined. Heat to boiling on high, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot; season with salt and pepper. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high; simmer, stirring occasionally, 14 to 16 minutes, or until thickened and slightly reduced in volume. Remove from heat.

Finish the sauce:
5 Cook & finish the pasta:

Add the pasta to the pot of boiling water; cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until al dente (still slightly firm to the bite). Reserve ½ cup of the pasta water; drain the cooked pasta and transfer it directly to the pot of sauce along with the reserved pasta water. Cook on medium, stirring to coat the noodles in the sauce, 1 to 2 minutes, or until well combined. Stir in half the Parmesan cheese. Remove from heat; season with salt and pepper to taste.

6 Assemble the salad & serve your dish:

In medium bowl, combine the lettuce, sliced celery, apple, whole parsley, all but a pinch of the remaining Parmesan cheese and the juice of the remaining lemon wedges; drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer the salad and finished pasta to serving dishes. Garnish the pasta with the chopped parsley and remaining Parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

Assemble the salad & serve your dish: