Monday, July 20
Italian Family Style Bolognese
In my household my other half makes a spectacular Sunday gravy. I am the bolognese maker of the household, creating my great grandmothers sauce from memory and tweaking it every so often. After several years of trying to replicate hers I finally have come to a conclusion, I will never recreate hers, but this is as close to perfecting it as I can.
Full time 1 hour (or more)*
1 lb. bulk sausage meat
3/4 lb. ground beef
20 oz tomato sauce, home made or store bought
15 oz can diced tomatoes (or 2 1/2 cups fresh diced tomatoes)
6 oz tomato puree
1 large white onion, diced fine
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
In a dutch oven heat oilve oil over medium-high heat.
Add in onion and garlic, cooking for 5-8 minutes or until softened.
Add in sausage and ground beef, stirring to completely brown. This takes roughly 4-6 minutes depeneding on how hot your range runs.
Add in sugar tomato puree and diced tomatoes, stiring well to blend.
Reduce heat to meduim-low and cook 3-5 minutes.
Add in sauce and cover. Cook 40 minutes over medium-low (*for a more robust flavor drop to a simmer and let cook slow for a few hours).
Roughly 10 minutes before serving, return heat to medium and add in pepper, basil, oregano. Cover and cook 5-8 minutes.
If not serving right away make sure you lower heat and occasionally stir to avoid scorching the sauce.