a pasta bolognese recipe with blue apron!

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we’ve been using blue apron in our home now for almost two years! if you’ve read this blog of mine long enough, i’m sure you’ve caught on that i don’t really know how or like to cook in the kitchen (josh takes the lead there, fortunately). however, i do enjoy cooking a blue apron meal because the meal planning is done for me and the grocery shopping part is done for me, too. the ingredients are delivered in the exact proportions i need to my door, and i get to create a dish with food i’d often not cook with otherwise since each recipe usually calls for ingredients or spices and things we don’t usually keep in our home.  i also get to feel like a fancy chef who knows her stuff when i plate everyone’s dish and sit down at the table. ;)

we’ve partnered with blue apron today to share a recipe and also some exciting news about their new family meal plan. in addition to their 2-person plan, blue apron now offers a family plan for feeding a family of 4. with the family meal plan, you can opt to receive one or two deliveries per week, and each delivery consists of two bigger meals that are served family-style. we tried out the new family plan a few weeks ago for the first time and not only enjoyed the family-style dinner, but we had leftovers for lunch the next day, too! …and why are leftovers always better the next day? we were pretty excited about it.

here are a few photos from when we made a fresh pappardelle bolognese dish with a romaine, celery and apple salad on the side the other week… the full recipe is at the bottom of this post, as well as a link for 2 free meals for the first 100 readers!

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fresh pappardelle bolognese, by blue apron

you can see and download this recipe directly from blue apron here. 

ingredients needed:

1 lb ground beef, 1 lb fresh pappardelle pasta, 2 carrots, 2 stalks celery, 2 cloves garlic, 1 yellow onion, 1 stalk celery, 4 tbsp tomato paste, 3 tbsp beef demi-glace, 1 fresh bay leaf, 1/4 cup heavy cream, 2/3 cup grated parmesan cheese.

directions:

bring a pot of salted water to a boil. mince the garlic, dice the onion, peel and dice the carrots and chop the parsley.  over medium-high heat, heat 2 teaspoons olive oil and add the garlic, carrots, onion, diced celery and bay leaf.  season with salt and pepper. stir occasionally, and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until softened.  add tomato paste and cook stirring frequently 2 to 3 minutes.

while the vegetables cook, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat and cook the ground beef, seasoned with salt and pepper for about 5-7 minutes. once browned, remove from heat and drain and discard the fat from the pan.

add the cooked beef, beef demi-glace, heavy cream and 2 1/2 cups of water to the pot of vegetables and stir.  heat to boiling on high, season with salt and pepper. once it’s boiling, reduce the heat to medium-high and simmer, stirring occasionally 14-16 minutes or until thickened and slightly reduced in volume. remove from heat.

add the pasta to the pot of boiling water and cook 2-3 minutes (or until al dente). reserve 1/2 cup of the pasta water. drain the cooked pasta and add directly to the sauce along with the reserved pasta water.  cook on medium heat, stirring to coat the pasta in the sauce for 1-2 minutes. remove from heat, stir in the parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.


a few of our other favorite recipes we love are the filipino-style beef picadillo and the beef and bulgur-stuffed squash (we’d never even heard of bulgur before this recipe. so good!)

if you’re interested in trying out blue apron, they are offering the first 100 readers two free meals on their first blue apron order. you can claim your two free meals HERE at the top of the page. you can also check out a map of the delivery zones HERE to be sure they delivery to your zip code (they now deliver to over 80% of the united states.) this post is in partnership with blue apron.

  1. Brooke

    Yum! Where is your shirt from?

    Beisforbrooke.squarespace.com

    • TAZA

      it’s from anthropologie, but bought it over a year ago.

  2. Elizabeth

    Looks so delicious! My husband is the chef in our family, too. But this, I could handle.

  3. miri

    This pasta Bolognese looks so yummy! Thank you for sharing. I will definitely give it a try!
    X
    Miri

    http://currentlywearing.com

  4. Jaclyn

    I’ve heard great things about Blue Apron from friends as well and hope to try it sometime soon. :) This looks great and I’d be the same way about getting to feel like a fancy chef with it too!

  5. I love seeing someone use this. I was hesitant when I first noticed Blue Apron, but now i might try it! Thanks for sharing!

  6. All the pictures are so beautiful and look so delicious!

  7. Tilly

    Looks yum!! I love blue apron too! Where is that cute framed poster on your kitchen bench from? It’s really cute! Love it!

    • TAZA

      it’s a poster from Etsy! but i don’t remember the shop name, bought it a few years ago!

  8. Shira

    This looks SO good. I’ve been wanting to try blue apron SO badly!! I’m in grad school so it seems like a great way to incorporate cooking and healthy meals without having to spend too much time preparing or shopping.

    http://www.theicecreamscoop.com

  9. gloria

    Delicious!

  10. emily

    I’m having trouble getting the link to work…

    • TAZA

      hmmm. just tried them and they are working for me. which link doesn’t seem to be working for you?

  11. Linda

    Looks so yummy!

  12. hanna

    Yum! That looks great. I wish my cooking turned out as well. –Hanna Lei

  13. Kate R

    I’ve been meaning to try out Blue Apron! We also love to cook but find it hard to shop, prepare, and such after work.

  14. Love this idea! So much fun and so helpful on the planning and preparing end of things!

  15. Claire

    Oh no! Someone is the US to send me the free meal in France? ;)

  16. Kate

    That looks great! I’d love to try it!

  17. courtney

    would love to try this!

  18. dianna

    Love blue apron. It was given to us as a gift just before I had our baby last year and it was super helpful…not to mention delicious. And that shirt is ADORBS!

  19. Cait

    I love your shirt! I just made Bolognese sauce for the first time last week and it was so good. I’d only ever made marinara so it was a delicious variation for us.

  20. Alicia

    I tried blue apron before but have re-upped my membership now that they are offering family-sized meals! After 27 years of marriage I’m sick of trying to always come up with new ideas and our grocery stores are packed full of snow birds in Florida. So thank you for your well-timed post and congrats on your new baby!

  21. Jen Le

    Looks amazing!

  22. megan

    I love how easy it looks. I am really considering trying it out. Just seems like an easy way to try my hand at cooking. Like Naomi my husband usually does most of the cooking and I think he is a bit sick of it. Perhaps this would be an easy way for me to start. Plus I hate grocery shopping in New York. Lugging bags up 4 flights of stairs is never fun. Thanks for sharing!

  23. Brittany Romanello

    This looks awesome! i would love to try it!

  24. Traci Barr Segal

    Yeah! Blue Apron is a terrific service. We feel that we actually save money when we are using the service and the recipes have all come out so well! Even though I live in rural Northern California, I feel like I’m back in the Bay Area, with the variety, quality, and flavor.
    Cheers,
    Traci

  25. Joan

    Looks yummy! ! Love the convenience of having everything delivered right to your front door!

  26. BriAnne

    Looks delish! This would be perfect for my empty nester parents! I’ll definitely pass it along, and try the recipe myself. Thanks!

  27. Yasemin

    Yummy!

  28. Hey Rita

    This looks delicious, perfect winter comfort food. I would just replace the beef with a vegetarian alternative, like minced soy, as I don’t eat meat. Otherwise, great meal ;)

    Rita
    http://heyrita.co.uk

  29. Blanca

    Very appetezing :)

    Thanks!!!

    aparkaforyourthoughts.blogspot.com

  30. Sarah

    Just signed up! So excited! xo

  31. sharon

    this is sounds perfect for a college student who doesnt have time to grocery shop or cook! haha, gotta look into it. thanks for sharing!

  32. Sandy

    Perfect timing! I have been wanting to test drive Blue Apron. I am in!

  33. Sandy

    Oh no! Tried to redeem coupon and found that Blue Apron does not deliver to Austin Texas. I am wait listed:(

  34. Krystal

    So wish they sent to Canada! What is beef demi-glace? I would love to try this receipe.

  35. Amber spencer

    Looks so good!

  36. Kelly

    Oh my goodness, this looks and sounds amazing, yum!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes