Monday, September 23, 2013

What's For Dinner

I have started watching The Sopranos from the very beginning last night and since then I have had a craving for what else...pasta of course! Some good, old fashioned bolognese. So I am cracking open this cook book that I have had for a couple years now and knew I would find just what I was looking for. 

Simple Bolognese

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 celery stalk, minced
  • 1 carrot, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef chuck
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  • 8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
  • In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium flame. When almost smoking, add the onion and garlic and saute until the onion is very tender, about 8 minutes. 
  • Add the celery and carrot and saute for 5 minutes. 
  • Increase the heat to high, add the ground beef, and saute until the meat is no longer pink, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes, parsley, basil and 1/2 tsp each of the salt and pepper, and cook over medium low heat until the sauce thickens, about 30 minutes. 
  • Stir in the cheese, then season with more salt and pepper to taste. 


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