Fettuccine Bolognese with pangrattato

Fettuccine Bolognese with pangrattato

Smarten-up your spag bol with an easy pangrattato topping – it might sound fancy but it's just fried breadcrumbs flavoured with rosemary and garlic. Ideal for a low-key dinner party.


For the Bolognese

For the pangrattato


  1. To make the Bolognese, heat the oil in a large non-stick frying or sauté pan. When hot, gently fry the onion, carrots and celery for around 8–10 minutes until softened.

  2. Add the basil stalks to the pan for a few minutes, then add the chilli and garlic. Fry for 1–2 minutes and then transfer all of the vegetables to a plate.

  3. Turn the heat up and add the beef mince to the pan. Cook for 3–4 minutes, stirring frequently until nicely browned (you may need to do this in batches to avoid overcrowding the pan). Add the vegetables back to the pan, reduce the heat a little and stir for a couple of minutes. Pour in the red wine and increase the heat to burn off the alcohol.

  4. Add the tomato purée to the pan and fry for a few minutes. Make the chicken stock by combining the stock pot with 500ml/18fl oz boiling water. Stir the passata and chicken stock into the pan. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and allow to simmer uncovered for 40–45 minutes until you have a rich, thick sauce.

  5. Meanwhile, make the pangrattato. Tear the bread into rough chunks and add to a food processor. Pulse until you have coarsely ground breadcrumbs. In a frying pan, heat the oil then add the breadcrumbs, rosemary and garlic. Fry for a few minutes until golden brown and crisp and season generously with salt and pepper. Remove from the heat, discard the garlic cloves and set aside.

  6. When the Bolognese sauce is nearly cooked, bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook the pasta for 10–12 minutes or according to packet instructions. Drain.

  7. Once the Bolognese sauce is cooked, stir in the mascarpone. Stir the basil leaves into the sauce. Check the seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper, if desired. Leave to simmer gently for a further couple of minutes. Remove the dried chilli.

  8. To serve, stir the sauce into the pasta and divide between serving bowls. Scatter with the pangrattato and a little grated Parmesan, if using.

Recipe Tips

In the programme the contestants had to make their own pasta, but we've used dried fettucine to make it easier to cook at home. If you want to make your own pasta, here's a fresh pasta recipe to try.