This Recipe for Pasta Bolognese Gets Us Excited for Fall

The end of summer in Fair Haven: shorter days, cooler breezes, the Firemen’s Fair! Also the return of many of our regular customers to everyday routines, and the revamping of our School Lunch Menu!

For many it’s a bittersweet time, but at Tavolo Pronto, we love the Fall season! Bring on the Harvest Fest Scarecrows and the Pumpkin Spice coffee! There’s something comforting about returning to a schedule and the promise of the start of a new school year.

There’s also great food that comes with the season. Football season begins, what a great excuse to invite friends for a game day meal! We’re thinking Pasta Bolognese with crusty ciabatta bread! (See recipe below). Short Rib Chili with Chips! Grilled chicken wings with homemade guacamole! Warm apple crisp, served with vanilla gelato! Pumpkin cheesecake with cinnamon whipped cream!

It’s also the perfect weather for an evening fire! Invite friends & family to sit around the fire pit. Put out a low maintenance, delicious Italian inspired spread- a fabulous Antipasto Platter stacked with Italian cheeses & meats & grilled vegetables; crostini with late summer tomato bruschetta; garlic toasts with filet mignon & horseradish sauce; a tray of tiramisu or a platter of Nutella Oatmeal Crisp cookies. The possibilities are endless!

Grasp the last remnants of perfect outdoor weather & sunsets, enjoy the soccer & fall ball seasons while you can. And don’t forget to invite us for some Pasta Bolognese!


Pasta Bolognese (enough for 2 lbs. of your favorite pasta)

1 lb. ground beef

1 lb. ground pork

1 lb. ground veal

1 white onion (finely diced)

½ stalk celery (finely diced)

2 medium carrots (finely diced)

3- 14.5 ounce cans crushed tomatoes

2 T. olive oil

1 T. salt

1 t. black pepper

2 bay leaves

½ C. chopped parsley (optional)


Heat olive oil in a heavy bottom pot. Add all 3 meats & brown over medium heat, approximately 15- 20 minutes, breaking up with a spatula as it browns.

Add all the vegetables and cook with the meat until soft (approximately 10 minutes).

Add the tomatoes to the pot along with the salt, pepper & bay leaves. Simmer over low heat, about 1 hour, stirring occasionally.   Add the fresh chopped parsley at the end.

While your Bolognese is cooking, prepare your favorite pasta. We like Rigatoni best! This recipe will be enough sauce for approximately 2 lbs. of pasta. If you don’t need that much, freeze some of the sauce for a quick weeknight supper in the future.

Too busy to cook? Swing by Tavolo Pronto and pick up Chef Arturo’s fresh bolognese or any of our homemade dishes in the to-go case. Mangia!

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