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Getting to Know the Barefoot Contessa – Tapenade and Bolognese Recipes

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Getting to Know the Barefoot Contessa – Tapenade and Bolognese Recipes

Last fall I received a complimentary copy of Ina Garten’s cookbook How Easy is That? thanks to the Cake Duchess and her awesome give away. Since then, I’ve read almost every page of the book and tried quite a few of the recipes.

The two recipes I can’t wait to share with you are, of course, a dip and a sauce. What else!
 
 
 

An Ina Garten-Inspired Tapenade

During the last Dipstock, Jason, my husband, made a killer tapenade. I made a similar tapenade inspired by both Jason’s recipe and Ina Garten’s recipe. Combined, I made one fantastic tapenade.

*1/3 c. kalamata olives

*1/3 c. black olives

*1/3 c. green olives

*2 tbsp. capers

*2 tbsp. olive oil

*1 clove garlic, minced

*1 tbsp. lemon juice

*1 tsp. thyme, minced

*2 tbsp. fresh parsley, minced

*1 tbsp. lemon zest

*black pepper

*1/3 c. mascarpone cheese

Directions: Soak olives and capers in water for a five minutes. Rinse thoroughly. Put all ingredients in a food processor, except for the cheese, and blend. Once fully blended, add the cheese and blend again. Let the tapenade chill in the refrigerator for an hour (or so) to let the flavors meld.

Ina’s recipe called for a few more ingredients, namely anchovy paste and tuna (jarred or canned), but I went without both. If you choose to include tuna, then by all means include the mascarpone. Otherwise, I don’t think you need it. I made a batch with the mascarpone and one without, and the flavor of the cheese is so mild that it really didn’t add much.

tapenade dip recipe

Ina Garten’s Bolognese Recipe

This is my vegetarian version of Ina Garten’s Weeknight Bolognese recipe.

*1 tbsp. olive oil

*1 c. meatless grillers

*4 garlic cloves, minced

*1 tbsp. Italian seasoning

*¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

*1 c. dry red wine

*1 medium tomato, diced

*2 tbsp.  tomato paste

*1 tsp. Kosher salt

*1 tsp. black pepper

*3/4 box small shells

*¼ tsp ground nutmeg

*1 tbsp. dried basil leaves

*¼ cup heavy cream

Directions: Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the grillers and stir until warm. Add garlic, Italian seasoning, and red pepper flakes and cook for one more minute. Pour wine into the skillet and stir to scrape up bits. Add the tomato, tomato paste, salt, and pepper, stirring all the while. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 minutes.

While the pasta cooks, add the nutmeg and basil. Measure the cream and add a few spoonfuls of the warm sauce to the cream. Stir and then pour the cream mixture into the sauce. Simmer for 10 minutes. Serve over pasta with some fresh Parmesan.

I gotta say that this bolognese was excellent. I was surprised at how much spice those red pepper flakes added and at the nice twist of the nutmeg. This recipe will definitely be made again at our house. Thanks, Ina!

home made bolognese sauce

11 Responses to “Getting to Know the Barefoot Contessa – Tapenade and Bolognese Recipes”

  1. I feel you girl…I’m a dip lover too! Nothing more fun than skimming a chip through something smooth and creamy. Dip on!

  2. Monet says:

    She’s amazing, huh? I love tapanades, and Ryan loves them too! We may be making this for a party we are going to over the weekend. Thank you for sharing with me tonight. I hope you have a great Friday. I’m so ready for the weekend!

  3. Wow, this sounds so delicious! When I make it, I will put lots of chilli flakes!

  4. such a beautiful recipe:) i love making tapenade and i will try this version too. thanks for sharing this and have a great day:)

  5. Eliana says:

    I love Ina Garten recipes and I have to say these two are great picks. They look and sound delicious.

  6. I love tapenades and your veggie version of the bolognese is delightful 🙂

  7. I love tapenade both of these recipes sound really good. I haven’t gotten that back yet, it’s on my list though. Hope you are having a great weekend.
    -GIna-

  8. elaine says:

    I haven’t gotten Ina’s latest cookbook yet – those recipes look so good!

  9. Lea Ann says:

    I’ve eyed both of those recipes. I’m really wanting to try the bolognese

  10. I love tapenade. I didn’t realize it contained cheese though. Either way, it sounds delicious!

  11. That looks scrumptious and perfect for these chilly evenings!

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