“truly tasty Italian meal”
through the ingredients or the process.
several hours to deepen the flavors.
cook al dente- do not overcook
the cheese and chopped fresh parsley.
10. Most of all, enjoy the process.
Gather all the ingredients;
bacon (or pancetta),
chopped and ready,
Have all the herbs and spices measured and
ready to add.
Use your large heavy pot. Cook the bacon and remove.
Saute the vegetables in the bacon drippings.
Add the garlic.
I’m using ground beef and Italian sausage.
Brown the meat well. Add the seasonings.
Add the tomato paste.
Add the wine.
Add the reserved bacon, crumbled.
Add the tomatoes.
Keep warm until ready to serve.
1-½ lbs ground beef,
or (½ lb each beef, veal, sausage)
4 slices of bacon
1 T olive oil
1 large onion, (1-½ C chopped)
2 carrots (¾ C diced)
2 celery stalks (¾ C diced)
2 garlic cloves (1T diced)
1 t salt
½ t pepper
2 bay leaves
½ t thyme
½ t oregano
½ t cinnamon
½ t nutmeg
2 T tomato paste
1 C red wine
28 oz can diced tomatoes
14 oz can tomato sauce
1 C beef broth
½ C cream
2 t sugar
2 T butter
1 lb fettuccine pasta
3 T chopped fresh parsley
1 C Parmesan cheese
In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.
Add bacon and cook until browned, 4-5 minutes.
Remove the bacon to a plate and add the onions,
carrots, and celery to the drippings. Cook until
nutmeg; stirring for 30 seconds to blend. Add
the ground meat, breaking up to cook until
browned, about 5 minutes. Add the tomato
paste and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes. Add the
wine, stirring to deglaze the pan and remove any
browned bit from the bottom of the pan. Reduce
by half, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes,
tomato sauce, beef broth, and sugar. Bring to
a boil then reduce heat to medium low and
simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened,
about 1-½ hours. Stir in the cream, butter,
and parsley. Simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the
bay leaves, and adjust the seasoning to taste; add
more salt if necessary. Remove from heat, cover pot
and keep warm until ready to serve.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water
to a boil and cook the pasta for 8-10 minutes.
Serve with sauce and top with parmesan cheese
and fresh parsley.