Sunday, January 6, 2013

Day 6: Spaghetti Bolognese

Today's recipe is a great one to make on a Sunday.  It simmers for hours so it is the perfect thing to cook while you are tidying up or paying bills online.  At my house, we make up a large pot and freeze in meal sized portions.  It is the best thing to have on hand for those days when you just don't feel like cooking much.

1 lb ground beef
2 10 oz cans tomato sauce
8 fresh tomatoes (diced) -I like to use 4 vine and 4 roma
5 sun dried tomatoes (chopped)
3 T fresh basil
1 tsp. fresh thyme
2 T fresh oregano
1 T fresh parsley
4 cloves garlic
1 T olive oil
2 oz pancetta (finely chopped)
2 oz prosciutto (finely chopped)
2 shallots (chopped)
2 carrots (finely chopped)
3 celery stalks (finely chopped)
1 cup red wine
1 cup beef stock
Salt and pepper  to taste
Freshly grated parmesan cheese

1) In the bottom of a large pot sauté shallots and garlic in olive oil until soft.
2) Add ground beef, prosciutto and pancetta and cook on high until meat is brown.
3) Add carrots and celery and cook for about 4 minutes.
4) Add wine and beef stock and bring to boil for 5 minutes.
5) Add tomato sauce and fresh tomatoes and bring to a boil.
6) Add sun dried tomatoes, herbs and spices and simmer until thick. (Approximately 2 1/2 hours)
7) Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
8) Serve with some freshly grated parmesan.

- I like to let this sauce simmer for a long time - probably closer to 3 hours.  It makes for a very rich and flavourful sauce.
- I often double the recipe. If you are going to spend the better part of 3-4 hours making sauce, it just makes sense to make a lot so you don't have to cook as much later.

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