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No Bologna Bolognese!

1 Jan

Tis the season for dinner parties! Friends and family gathering to eat a great meal, drink some wine and maybe play a game or two. What to serve can be a difficult decision because you want to make something that everyone will love that isn’t too complicated and for me, a bolognese is the perfect choice. The bolognese sauce originated in Bologna, Italy, dates back to at least the 5th century and according to Wikipedia a true bolognese contains the following ingredients: beef, pancetta, carrots, onions, celery, tomato paste, red wine and milk.  Of course through the years it has changed to include different additions of meat but the basic ingredients remain the same.  The recipe that I am about to share with you includes sausage which I think adds lots of flavor. The  greatest compliment that I received about this meal was from my friend Paul. Paul is not a foodie and when I served this to him and his wife not only did he eat all of it but had seconds-success…he said it was delicious and his wife Shelly asked for the recipe!


Beautiful Bolognese

5 Tblsp Butter
7 Tblsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Medium Onion-finely chopped
2 Stalks Celery-finely chopped
1 Large Carrot-finely chopped
2 Large Cloves Garlic-minced
1 1/2 lbs Chopped Meat
 1 1/2 lbs Sausage-casing removed
1/2 lb Pancetta-chopped
1 1/2 Cup Whole Milk
1 1/2 Cup Dry White Wine
3/4 Cup Tomato Paste
Parmesan Cheese
Melt the butter and oil in a large pan add onion, celery, carrot and garlic-cook until soft but not browned.  Add the meats ( I use the package of sausage that has both sweet and hot), increase the heat a bit and cook until all the meat is browned.  Drain most of the fat and stir in milk, wine and tomato paste-reduce heat.  Season with salt and pepper and simmer until thickened, about 1 hour.  Serve with a nice fettucine noodle and parmesan cheese. Buon Appetito!
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