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Nov 6, 2006 10:53 PM

What to add to bland bolognese?

I made a pumpkin bolognese sauce, with veal and pork, tomatoes, ginger, white wine, cream, etc -- and despite all that it is rather bland. I have a bunch in my freezer -- any suggestions for flavorings I can add to make it better?

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  1. Salt


    Parmesan cheese

    Roasted or minced garlic and parsley

    Other herbs, such as oregano and basil

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    1. re: DanaB

      This sounds like the right stuff, except you didn't mention chopped and sauteed onions.

    2. Grind up 1.4 lb of chicken livers and add to it.(use a food processor). Also, grated carrots.

      1. fresh coarsely ground black pepper and sauteed mushrooms.and tomato paste if the depth and acid needs kicking up.a bit of soy sauce for more depth. maybe bacon for salt.and more garlic.

        1. I say just add more salt and let it simmer gently w/ the lid off a little longer...

          1. If by "Bland" you mean flat, you could try some fresh squeezed lemon juice and or parsley. Both have a refreshing quality on sauces.