This recipe comes from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything FAST. It's a great cookbook with recipes that are fast but not boring and are still full of real ingredients. Many of the recipes are variations on a theme--you start with a base recipe and alter it this way or that way to produce different dishes.
While this bolognese did not have the incredible depth of Marcella Hazan's recipe which cooks for hours, it did have fantastic flavor and it's great to know you can pull it together on a weeknight!
2 TBL olive oil
1 lb. ground beef, pork or veal or a combination of all 3 (I used beef)
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 celery stalk, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup red or white wine
1/4 cup cream
1 lb. spaghetti or pasta of your choice
Parmesan cheese, grated
Heat 2 TBL oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Add the meat, chopped onion, celery, carrot and onion.
When the meat is browned add 1/4 cup tomato paste and cook, stirring, about a minute. Add wine and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Add diced tomatoes and let simmer until wine reduces by half. Stir in cream and turn the heat as low as possible.
Add some of the pasta water to the sauce if you want it saucier. Pour over spaghetti, add grated Paremesan and enjoy!
As a variation, add 1 pound finely chopped mushrooms, or use half the meat and twice the amount of veggies, or omit the can of diced tomatoes.
These instructions are not exactly as Bittman wrote them--he gives a step-by-step timeline of what to do when. I prefer having my chopping all done before I start, but that's up to you.
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