Gigli pasta with Bolognese sauce

Cook & Prep Time

2 h 30 min



Gigli pasta with Bolognese sauce

A classic recipe for one of the world’s favourite pasta sauces, served with gigli pasta, which is shaped like a cone with a ruffled edge, or a bell-like flower and is ideal for the rich, meaty sauce.


  • 350g pasta (gigli)
  • 300g coarse minced beef
  • 150g unsmoked pancetta or bacon
  • 50g carrot
  • 50g celery stalks
  • 30g onion
  • 500g canned chopped tomatoes
  • 100g tomato concentrate
  • 1/2 glass of red wine
  • 1/2 glass of full-fat milk
  • a little meat stock
  • 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • parmesan, grated as desired
  • salt and pepper


Step 1

Wash and peel the carrot and onion, wash the celery and finely chop the vegetables. Dice the pancetta and put it in a large flame-proof casserole dish (preferably made of terracotta) and let it melt slowly. Add 3 tablespoons of oil and the chopped vegetables and let them sweat. Then add the minced meat and let it brown for about 10 minutes, then add the wine, stir and let it evaporate.

Step 2

In the meantime, dilute the tomato concentrate in a little hot stock, pour it into the meat and mix well. Add salt, pepper and the chopped tomatoes. Cover and let it simmer gently for about 2 hours, stirring every so often and adding hot stock if it starts to dry up.

Step 3

Towards the end of the cooking, add the milk to contrast the acidity of the tomato, mix and finish cooking.

Step 4

Cook the pasta in plenty of boiling salted water, drain al dente.

Serve immediately with a lot of Bolognese sauce sprinkled with parmesan if desired.