simple bolognese sauce
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Serves: 4-6 servings
 
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 ¼ pounds ground beef
  • 1 ¼ pounds ground pork
  • 4oz pancetta, diced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled + finely diced
  • 2 celery stalks, finely diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • ⅓ cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup dry red wine {such as an italian chianti}
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 28oz canned crushed tomatoes {san marzano is the best brand!}
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 bunch fresh thyme, tied together with kitchen string
  • 1 parmigiano-reggiano cheese rind
  • kosher salt + pepper, to taste
for serving:
  • pasta, such as al dente fettuccine, tagliatelle or pappardelle
  • grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
  • minced fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. heat a large heavy-bottomed pot/dutch oven, over medium-high heat. add 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
  2. add the ground beef + pork, and season with salt + pepper. cook, stirring occasionally, until browned {about 12 minutes}.
  3. transfer the meat mixture to a paper towel-lined plate.
  4. add the pancetta to the pot + cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp {about 7 minutes}
  5. transfer the pancetta to a separate paper towel-lined plate to drain.
  6. reduce the heat to medium + add the butter. add the onion, carrots + celery, cook until soft + translucent {about 8 minutes}
  7. then, add the garlic +cook, stirring, until fragrant {about 1 minute}
  8. stir in the tomato paste + cook for 2 minutes then add the wine + simmer until almost evaporated {about 5 minutes}
  9. add the heavy cream, tomatoes, bay leaves, thyme bundle + cheese rind. stir until combined, then add in the meats.
  10. bring the mix to a simmer then partially cover + reduce to a low heat. cook until the sauce thickens {about 2 hours}
  11. before serving, discard bay leaves, thyme bundle + cheese rind from the bolognese. season to taste with additional salt + pepper.
  12. serve with pasta, minced parsley + grated parmigiano-reggiano. enjoy!
Recipe by kelly's ambitious kitchen. at https://kellysambitiouskitchen.com/simple-bolognese-sauce/