In the Bender Kitchen: Wish Kid Makes Chocolate Bolognese



(WTNH) – In the Bender Kitchen, Wish Kid Aiden Fectau joins head Chef Rob Maffucci from Vito’s By The Park, in making a Recipe Chocolate Bolognese. Aiden’s wish to do a foodie tour of San Francisco was granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish Connecticut has granted over 2,500 wishes since it began in 1986.

As part of Big Y’s 80th Anniversary, all Big Y locations in CT & MA are selling $1 stars to benefit Make-A-Wish and to help grant wishes to local children with life-threatening illnesses.  On March 17th, Big Y will match all donations made on that day, up to $8,000.

Headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts, Big Y is one of the largest independently owned supermarket chains in New England.  Proud to be family owned and operated, they currently operate 63 stores throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts with over 10,000 employees.  Founded in 1936 by brothers Paul and Gerald D’Amour, the store was named after an intersection in Chicopee, Massachusetts, where two roads converge to form a “Y”.

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Big Y is a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish Foundation 



Recipe chocolate Bolognese

First the pasta;

1 lb flour

4 whole eggs

1 egg yolk

1 tsp olive oil

1tsp truffle oil

2 tbsp coco powder

Pinch salt

Pinch pepper


(Flour, salt, pepper, coco powder) in mixer *low speed*


  1. Add eggs one by one till incorporated.


  1. Add oils.


  1. On medium speed, allow dough to be worked for 10 mins.


  1. Allow dough to rest for 5 mins


  1. Form pasta



Meanwhile in another part of the kitchen….


Prep the following ingredients:


  1. Partially cook One pound of ground beef

One pound of loose Italian sausage


Rough chop the following ;

2 carrots

1 onion

1 full heads of garlic or a 6 peeled cloves

1/2 bunch of fresh basil

1 Heathy pinch of Fresh oregano


3.Combine the meat and some of roughly chopped vegetables and some of the fresh herbs in a large sauce pan and season with nutmeg and a little cinnamon, cook thoroughly and let simmer



Cook up a fresh tomato ragu

(4) cans of whole peeled plum tomatoes

Olive oil add some -chopped






1 bay leaf


Add to meat sauce and finish it with

a handful of grated cheese,

1-cup heavy cream

Salt and pepper to taste and let simmer


With the following ingredients Using the food processor whip up a fresh pesto;


Olive oil

1/2 bunch Fresh basil

1 oz Pine nuts

Peeled Garlic

2oz Grated cheese



In another sauce pan Boil water for pasta add olive oil and salt and cook pasta till al dente


Toss pasta in the pan with the meat sauce


Plate and

finish with a dollop of ricotta, a touch of fresh pesto and lightly grated orange zest….


Total list of ingredients;


zero or all purpose flour


truffle oil

coco powder



Black pepper





fresh basil


Fresh oregano

Olive oil

Pine nuts

Romano cheese

bay leafs

whole peeled plum tomatoes (canned)



heavy cream

Ricotta cheese

Ground beef

Loose Italian sausage



Equipment needed


Pasta cooker/ strainer

A zester

A measuring cup/ pitcher

Large Sauce pans

Sauté pans

KitchenAid mixer/Pasta attachment(sheeter)

Food processors

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