Winter time is for warming foods that get us through the snowy days and the chilly nights and bolognese is a traditional Italian dish that does just that… especially when paired with a delicious glass of Roero Riserva.
Roero Riserva, made from Nebbiolo, is a spicy, tasty wine with robust tannins that can stand up to the food, but are smooth enough to keep drinking the wine enjoyable. The age that’s required for the riserva helps enhance the flavors of the wine and add depth.
But what is a good food pairing article without a recipe? We took this simple recipe from the Food Network by Giada De Laurentiis and paired it with a Roero Riserva for extra warmth!
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 celery stalk, coarsely chopped
1 carrot, coarsely chopped
1 pound ground chuck beef
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
1/4 cup flat-leaf Italian parsley, chopped
8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
In a large skillet heat the olive oil. When almost smoking, add the onion and garlic and saute over medium heat until the onions become very soft, about 8 minutes. Add the celery and carrot and saute for 5 minutes. Raise heat to high and add the ground beef. Saute, stirring frequently and breaking up any large lumps and cook until meat is no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes, parsley and basil and cook over medium low heat until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper. This will take approximately 1/2 hour. Finish bolognese with Pecorino Romano.