Le Chef’s Wife Bolognaise Recipe
Le Chef’s Favorite Spaghetti Bolognaise
This is one of Le Chef’s all time favorite meals. He loves it so much that it has become our Sunday night ritual.
I open a bottle of red wine ( likely a Bordeaux or a rich Bandol), pour each of us a glass and start cooking as Le Chef winds down from his Sunday brunch service and we talk about our day and the week ahead. I chop carrots, onions, and garlic as I put the pasta water to boil. I add another little sauce pan onto the stove to boil water for our daughter’s carrots. I brown meat in our Le Creuset Flame Cocotte and savor the smell of garlic & onions in the pan before adding a splash of my wine to deglaze the pan. I know these movements by heart, they are almost therapeutic to me. I sip my wine and turn to my husband. “Quel fromage tu prèferes, mon amour?” There is always a selection of cheeses in our fridge. Would Le Chef prefer Parmesan, Gruyere or Mozzarella on his Spaghetti Bolognaise? More than the enjoyment of a good meal, it is the ritual of the preparation that is so important to us. There is a sense of occasion around our Sunday night Bolognaise which far outweighs the nobility of the dish and yet, it is its rustic simplicity that makes it all that more appealing.