Sunday Supper: Spaghetti Bolognese

    Sunday Supper: Spaghetti Bolognese

    When we have a Sunday without any big plans, we like to prep a meal that takes a little longer than usual, something we cannot make on a weeknight. One of our favorite things to make is a big pot of bolognese sauce. We make a huge pot and freeze the sauce in quart size freezer bags, making it possible to enjoy the slow-cooked deliciousness on any day of the week. It’s also perfect timing for a big batch of sauce with our big move into our new house coming up later this month! We know we’ll appreciate the easy to grab dinners as we’re trying to unpack our lives.

    Sunday Supper: Spaghetti Bolognese

    There are so many ways to prepare a bolognese sauce. A quick online search will probably give you at least 20 different variations. We’ve tried many a different recipe but always end up falling back to our own, which features a combination of different types of meat and our secret ingredient – a cup of whole milk!

    We don’t always use the same combination of meats – tonight we opted for grass-fed beef and lean ground pork. In the past we’ve also used ground veal and ground lamb depending on what was available or on sale at the grocery store. We find that using a combination of meats, rather than all beef adds an extra dimension of flavor to the sauce.

    Sunday Supper: Spaghetti Bolognese

    Sunday Supper: Spaghetti Bolognese

    Let’s get to the milk! It is definitely a non-traditional ingredient, but it provides a richness and complexity that is otherwise hard to achieve. The sugar, while a small amount, really helps to mellow out the acidity of the tomatoes and wine to create a well-balanced sauce.

    Sunday Supper: Spaghetti Bolognese

    To really develop all of the flavors, the sauce needs time to cook. We like to make the sauce in our Le Creuset dutch oven to easily transfer it into the oven and let it cook for several hours. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon. Bonus points if it’s a cold and rainy day!

    Sunday Supper: Spaghetti Bolognese

    Serve over your favorite pasta and your dinner is done!

    Sunday Supper: Spaghetti Bolognese

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    Spaghetti Bolognese
    Sunday Supper: Spaghetti Bolognese
    Cuisine Italian
    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 4 hours
    Servings
    people
    Ingredients
    Cuisine Italian
    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 4 hours
    Servings
    people
    Ingredients
    Sunday Supper: Spaghetti Bolognese
    Instructions
    1. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in an oven-safe large pot or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Pre-heat oven to 300F.
    2. Add onion to dutch oven and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Then add peppers, celery, and carrots, and sauté another 2-3 minutes. Lastly, add garlic and sauté together for 4-5 minutes until vegetables have softened.
    3. Next, add tomato paste and stir to combine. Cook 3-4 minutes until it starts to darken slightly in color.
    4. Now add the ground beef and pork. Break up meat gently with wooden spoon and allow to cook until no longer pink.
    5. Once the meat has cooked through, add 1 cup of milk and allow to simmer another 5 minutes until reduced.
    6. Next add the wine. Let sauce reduce for about 5 minutes.
    7. Next, add crushed tomatoes, seasonings (bay leaf, salt, pepper, nutmeg, oregano, and sugar), grated parmesan, balsamic vinegar, and fresh parsley and basil. Stir to combine.
    8. Once the sauce has started to simmer, cover and place into the oven and allow to cook for 2-3 hours. Open pot and stir once every hour to prevent sticking. Leave uncovered for last hour to allow to reduce.
    9. When you remove the pot from the oven, the fat from the meat will have separated from the rest of the sauce. Be sure to stir the sauce well before serving. Add salt and pepper to taste.
    10. Boil pasta according to package instructions. Drain well.
    11. Serve pasta with desired amount of sauce and top with additional grated parmesan and fresh basil.
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