Wagyu bolognese with hand-cut pasta recipe

Neil Perry
Wagyu bolognese with hand-cut pasta.
Wagyu bolognese with hand-cut pasta. Photo: William Meppem

Wagyu beef mince and home-made pasta transform a dinner-time standard into something special. The sauce is also great on toast or soft polenta.


1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 small onion, diced

2 cloves garlic, chopped

½ carrot, diced

½ celery stalk, diced

50g speck, diced

1 tsp sea salt

300g wagyu beef mince

100g pork mince

1 cup red wine

400g tin diced tomatoes

fresh chicken stock, as needed

1 tsp chopped thyme

parmesan cheese, to serve

For the pasta

350g tipo 00 pasta flour

2 tsp sea salt

2 free-range eggs

6 yolks

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil


1. Heat oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrot, celery, speck and 1/2 tsp salt. Cook for 15 minutes until vegetables caramelise. Add beef, pork and remaining salt. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring to colour mince. Add red wine, bring to boil then simmer until reduced by half. Add tomatoes and simmer for about 1 hour, adding stock as necessary. Add thyme; check seasoning.

2. For the pasta, keep back a tbsp flour then sift remaining flour with salt into a bowl. Form a well in the centre, add eggs, yolks and oil. Gently beat with a fork. Allow flour to incorporate into egg mix, then use your hands to bring dough together. Place on a lightly floured surface and slowly knead for about 5 minutes, until dough becomes soft and smooth, but not too dry. Divide into four pieces. Rest somewhere cool, covered with a tea towel, for 30 minutes.

3. On a clean surface, shape a piece of dough into a rectangle and roll out. Keep rolling, flipping over, sprinkling with flour (if needed) to get it as thin as possible without becoming unmanageable. A long, rectangular shape, 1-2mm thick, is ideal.

4. Lightly dust both sides, then loosely roll up dough from the narrow end. Cut into strips. Unwind coils and drape over a rod to dry. Repeat with remaining dough.

5. Cook in boiling, salted water until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain and serve in bowls with wagyu sauce and grated parmesan.


1. For the pasta, you can use a pasta machine if you have one. The pasta can be cooked right away, or let it dry for several hours. It stores up to a week.

2. Use half veal and half pork mince if you find wagyu a bit rich, it makes the perfect sauce.