Bolognese Sauce
 
4 Tbsp  butter or olive oil, or mixed
4 oz.  pancetta or unsmoked bacon (weight trimmed of fat), finely chopped
1 small  onion, finely chopped
1 small  carrot, finely chopped
1 small  stalk of celery, finely chopped
8 oz.  (1/2 lb) lean ground beef, crumbled into 1/2 teaspoon size
1/3 cup  dry red or white wine
1-1/2 Tbsp  tomato paste or concentrate
1/2 cup  meat stock
  salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/3 cup  milk or heavy cream
 
simple to make, but best if allowed to simmer for a few hours before 
serving, or made the day before. 
in a heavy saucepan, heat 1 tbsp the butter/oil with the pancetta/bacon. 
fry gently for 2 to 3 minutes and then add the remaining butter/oil, the 
chopped vegetables. continue frying over moderate heat, stirring 
frequently, until the vegetables are soft (transparent, not browned). 
add the meat and cook until it just turns color (not browned!!). 
add the wine, simmer briskly for 2 to 3 minutes until the liquid has 
almost evaporated. 
in a separate pan, (or in the microwave) warm the stock; dissolve the 
tomato paste in the stock and add to the pan. 
add salt and pepper to taste (be careful with salt - the pancetta/bacon 
and the tomato concentrate are both salty) and cook for 5 more minutes, 
stirring frequently. 
in a separate pan, bring the milk to simmering point (about 1 1/2 minutes 
in the microwave) and add it, just covering the meat. stir thoroughly and 
cook, uncovered, over the lowest heat for at least 2 hours; the ragu' 
should not boil, but just break a frw bubbles on the surface. taste and 
adjust seasoning and stir occasionally. 
cook and drain the pasta. 
you can finish the dish by adding the drained pasta to the sauce in the 
cooking pot and mixing well, a few spoonsful on individual plates of pasta 
or mixed in a large, pre-warmed serving bowl. 
serve with grated parmesan or pecorino cheese. great with a fresh tomato 
salad and french or italian bread. 
 
 
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(ID: 1788) Mirror: rec.food.recipes: Wed, Aug 3, 2005


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