Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ragu Bolognese

When I think of comfort food pasta is always the first thing that comes to mind. For the last several years I've always tossed together any ground meat I had with some store bought sauce and was happy. But last week, all of that changed! There is nothing better than a meaty, bacony, thick bolognese sauce to warm every inch of your stomach. I could shovel this sauce in my mouth, it's so good! I can honestly say, this recipe is 100% worth the 2 and 1/2 hours it takes to cook. Enough with the words... read this recipe and get in the kitchen!!

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup butter
1 cup minced onion
1/2 cup minced celery
1/4 cup minced carrot
1 pound ground veal
1 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground beef
1/4 cup finely chopped pancetta bacon
1/2 cup milk
2 cups tomato sauce
2 cups beef broth, gluten free

Heat olive oil and butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Saute onion, celery and carrots until soft. Add veal, pork, beef and pancetta, and cook until evenly brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Pour in milk, and cook until liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes. If you'd prefer, you can use 2 and 1/2 pounds of meatloaf mix instead. Once all meat is added, stir in tomato sauce and beef broth. Cover, and simmer 2 1/2 hours.

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