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Saturday, August 6, 2011

Meaty Bolognese Sauce

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When it comes to sauce, do you prefer a lot or a little? That one's a no-brainer for me. I remember ordering spaghetti in the college dining hall (one of the few entrees I braved eating...no cereal bar for me on Italian night!) and always asking for double the sauce. Since the creation of The Sweets Life, I don't think I've made spaghetti once. As it turns out, I didn't end up eating this, save for some large spoonfuls of simmering sauce. It was another meal I made for Ryan during his crazy few weeks of summer class, when his life consisted of not much more than work and class. After a few days of him picking up fast food, I couldn't help but make something that was easily reheatable and more nutritious than Arby's! Though I wasn't the one eating it, I still made it my preferred way--heavy on the sauce, as you can see in the picture!

Though this took a bit more time than unscrewing a jar of spaghetti sauce, the depth of flavor was worth the extra time. I found the addition of prosciutto interesting, but since I had some in my fridge I included it...I don't think omitting it would change the sauce all that drastically.

Next time you're looking for a basic, meaty red sauce to top your pasta with, give this one a shot!
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Meaty Bolognese Sauce
adapted from allrecipes
-1/4 cup olive oil
-1 onion, chopped
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 lb lean ground beef
-1/4 lb thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped
-2 tbsp butter
-2 roma (plum) tomatoes, chopped
-1 can crushed tomatoes
-1/4 cup tomato paste
-1 tsp salt
-1 tsp freshly ground pepper
-1 tbsp dried basil
-1 tbsp dried oregano

1. Saute the onion and garlic in the olive oil in a large saucepan. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up occasionally with a large spoon. Once browned, add prosciutto and cook for 5-6 minutes. Add the 2 tbsp butter, chopped tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, and tomato paste. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes before adding salt, pepper, and herbs.
2. Simmer sauce for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
3. Serve over pasta of choice.