My new and dear friend, Alessandra Palotti is a great tattoo artist and a great cook! Alexandra is Italian from Bologna, Italy where she has been tattooing for over 6 years. Alessandra and her husband, Koji Ichimaru, run their private studio in Bologna, what a beautiful place to live, definitely on my go-to list!
Alessandra and I got to cook together one day. I made beef Milanese and she made Bolognese sauce. I had never had traditional, authentic Bolognese before and had a completely different idea in my head on how it is made. I learned so much from her that day.
Here is a mix of Alessandra’s tattoo photos, her recipe and photos of the process. Please enjoy and try out her recipe, it will become a staple in your culinary repertoire!
Alessandra’s Bolognese Sauce
makes about 4 servings
To be served with pasta of your choice and garnished with a good grated parmesan cheese!
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 onion, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
1/4-1/2c olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1/2 tsp sugar
salt and pepper if desired
26-27 oz crushed tomatoes
15-26 oz water
2-3 TBLS butter
Brown carrots, celery, onion over medium heat in the olive oil for about 10 minutes.
Add the ground beef and cook until the beef is cooked. Then add the basil, salt and pepper (if desired) and sugar. Let it simmer for a few minutes, then add the tomatoes and 1/2 the water.
Let the sauce lightly simmer for about 2-3 hours. If the water starts to evaporate too much, add more water little by little.
You will want to end up with a very thick sauce, you want most of the water to be reduced in the cooking process. Add the butter at the end, before serving. Eat with pasta and parmesan. Enjoy!!
Grazie Mille, Ale!! Thank you for coming out to visit and for showing us all this amazing recipe!!!!!!!! We can’t wait till you come out next time!
You can catch more of Alessandra on her Instagram, @ale1126
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