How to make it

  • Heat the olive oil in a wide 3-to-4 quart pan, or dutch oven on medium heat.
  • Stir in onion, carrot, and celery, season lightly with salt, and cook, stirring, until the onion is translucent, about 4 minutes.
  • Crumble in the ground beef (or turkey) and pork and continue cooking stirring to break up the meat, until all the liquid the meat has given off is evaporated and the meat is lightly browned, about 10 minutes.
  • Pour in the wine and cook, scraping the bottom of the pan, until wine is evaporated about 3 to 4 minutes. (The sauce tastes great as this point, but keep going.)
  • Stir in the tomato paste and cook a few minutes. Pour in the tomatoes and the bay leaves. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Bring to a boil, then lower the heat so the sauce is at a lively simmer. Cook, stirring occassionaly, until the sauce is dense but juicy and a rich, dark-red color. (Most likely a noticeable layer of oil will float to the top toward the end of the cooking.) This will take about 2-3 hours--the longer you cook it, the better it will become. While the sauce is cooking, add the hot water as necessary to keep the meats and vegetables covered. The oil can be removed with a spoon or reincorporated in the sauce, which is what is done traditionally.
  • Serve with your choice of fresh or dried pasta, cooked and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.

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  • je_suis_cindy 8 years ago
    I love pasta and this recipe looks really yummy. Looking forward to giving it a try. :)
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  • justjakesmom 8 years ago
    Sounds good! Perfect as the weather starts cooling...
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