April 19, 2011

Ina's Weeknight Bolognese

Let me start by saying, this is a must make! I found this recipe in Ina Garten's cookbook barefoot contessa how easy is that? Bolognese sauce is a meat-based sauce usually made as a tomato sauce (no, we don't eat  dog at our house). We made this Sunday night and it was pretty easy and very flavorful!

2 tbs good olive oil
1 lb lean ground sirloin
4 tsp minced garlic (4 cloves)
1 tbs dried oregano
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 (28 oz) can crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzano (we used Hunt's)
2 tbs tomato paste
kosher salt & black pepper
3/4 pound dried pasta, such as small shells (we used penne)
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
1/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra for serving

Heat 2 tbs of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef and cook, crumbling meat until it is no longer pink and has started to brown.

Add the garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute.

Pour 1 cup of the wine into the skillet and stir to scrape up any browned bits.

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, 1 tbs salt, and 1 1/2 tbs pepper, stirring until combined. Bring to a boil, lower heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the directions on the box.

Finish the sauce while the pasta cooks. Add the nutmeg, basil, cream and the remaining 1/4 cup wine to the sauce and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.

When the pasta is cooked, drain and pour into a large serving bowl. Add the sauce and 1/2 cup Parmesan and toss well. Serve hot with Parmesan on the side.

We will definitely be making this dish again. We had Ina's Garlic Roasted Cauliflower with it, which is another recipe I definitely recommend (from the same cookbook). Enjoy!


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