Peruvian-Style Pasta Bolognese

This pasta from Ricardo Zarate of L.A.’s Mo-Chica is based on tallarín saltado, a classic Bolognese-like comfort food in the chef’s native Peru. Unlike the Italian version, this recipe calls for lomo saltado sauce—a garlicky puree of red wine vinegar, chile paste and soy sauce.

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  • 7 garlic cloves, chopped
  • One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ají amarillo paste (see Note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 pound dried tagliatelle
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3/4 pound ground beef sirloin (90 percent lean)
  • 1 medium red onion, finely diced 
  • 2 plum tomatoes—halved, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium broth
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus shavings for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • Salt

How to make this recipe

  1. In a blender or mini processor, combine the garlic, ginger, vinegar, 
ají amarillo paste, black pepper and 1 tablespoon of the soy sauce and puree until smooth. Reserve the lomo saltado sauce.

  2. In a large pot of salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain well.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil. Add the ground beef and cook over high heat, stirring to break up the meat, until browned, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the meat to a bowl.

  4. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the meat and tomatoes and cook over high heat for 1 minute, then add the remaining 2 tablespoons of soy sauce and boil for 1 minute. Stir in the chicken stock and lomo saltado sauce and bring to a boil.

  5. Add the pasta and grated Parmesan to the sauce and toss to coat. Fold in the cilantro and season with salt. Transfer to a bowl, garnish with Parmesan shavings and serve.


Ají amarillo paste, a spicy Peruvian yellow chile paste, is available in many supermarkets and online at

Contributed By Photo © Fredrika Stjärne

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Aggregate Rating value: 4

Review Count: 2

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: 14Galaxygirl

Review Body: Great Bolognese recipe I've ever found. Thanks

Date Published: 2016-09-13

Author Name: JellyBellyBean

Review Body: It is always good to mix up a recipe like this. Love  your version of Bolognese cooking! This is a great addition to my cook list. 

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-09-13

Author Name: Ciara753

Review Body: Good recipe! will give this a try

Date Published: 2016-09-13

Author Name: William Troy Wilson

Review Body: This was a great change! What a lot of interesting flavor...this goes into my meal rotation!

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-08-29