traditional ragù sauce

traditional ragù sauce

The tradtional Tuscan Ragu Sauce is a rich combination of beef, pork and veal, with aromatic vegetables cooked in wine and broth. Ragù is most often served over pasta. It takes a little time to prepare this sauce, but it is good enough to serve company. The flavors in this sauce put a store-bought sauce in a totally different category.

traditional ragù sauce

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Serves: 8 Cooking Time: 1 1/2 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¾ pound lean ground beef
  • ¼ pound lean ground pork
  • ¼ pound ground veal
  • 1 small carrot, pared and finely chopped
  • 1 small stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • ½ cup milk
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • 28 ounce can Italian plum tomatoes, chopped
  • 8 ounce can (1 cup) tomato puree
  • 1 cup rich beef broth
  • ¼ cup tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ pound mushrooms, sliced
  • Shaved Parmesan garnish

Instructions

1

Saute onion in large skillet over medium heat.

2

Add meats and brown, breaking into fine pieces.

3

Stir in carrot and celery and cook 2 minutes.

4

Stir in wine and cook until wine evaporates, 8-10 min.

5

Stir in milk and nutmeg and cook until milk evaporates.

6

Remove from heat.

7

Add all remaining ingredients except mushrooms.

8

Heat to boiling over medium heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring frequently for about 45 minutes.

9

Stir in mushrooms and continue to cook 15 minutes.

10

Remove and discard bay leaves. Serve warm over Pappardelle noodles.

11

Garnish with shaved Parmesan

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2 Comments

  • Reply
    Melinda Larson
    March 20, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    The Ragu looks yummy!! I see mushrooms in the instructions, but not in the recipe list. What quantity do you suggest?

    • Reply
      Carol Buchan
      March 21, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      Melinda, thanks again for the feedback. It calls for 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced. An important omission.

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