• Bolognese Sauce

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    In preparation for the Jonas Blizzard this weekend, I wanted to make something comforting that the whole fam eats and whats more comforting than delicious bolognese sauce atop a big ol’ bowl of pasta! You can make this with chopped meat, turkey or chicken. I used turkey and let it simmer for an hour before serving which really makes a difference! Make a big pot and freeze leftovers (if there are any) for another time. I served it over rigatoni and made zucchini linguini as well. Perfect for a snowy cold day!

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    Bolognese Sauce

    Ingredients:

    • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 carrot, chopped
    • 1 celery stalk, chopped
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, chopped or minced
    • 4 oz. pancetta, chopped (I buy this prepackaged at Trader Joes and keep in the freezer)
    • 1 lb. ground beef, turkey or chicken
    • 1/4 cup tomato paste (I buy the tube, great and easy to use!)
    • 1 jar of your favorite marinara or tomato sauce
    • 1 cup white wine, dry preferably (I used Pinot Grigio)
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • chili flakes (optional)
    • grated parmesan cheese, for sprinkling on top
    • 1 lb. pasta (I used rigatoni but your favorite pasta is good too)
    • zucchini linguini (optional)

    Directions:

    In a large pot or dutch oven (I used this), heat oil over medium heat.

    Add carrot, celery, onion and garlic and cook for about 8-10 minutes.

    Add pancetta to pan and cook for another 8-10 minutes, until pancetta is cooked.

    Add chopped meat to pot and using the back of a wooden spoon, cook until meat is no longer pink.

    Add tomato paste to meat and stir so that it is well combined and cook for about 5 minutes.

    Season with salt, pepper and chili flakes.

    Add jar of marinara sauce as well as the wine. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally.

    In the meantime boil your water for the pasta and cook according to box directions. I like it al dente.

    If you are using zucchini linguini, you can spiralize the zucchini ahead of time..I usually do so and place it in a plastic bag lined with paper towel (which helps absorb moisture) in the fridge.

    I usually cook the zucchini in a pan with a drop of olive oil and toss for 2 minutes but this time I placed it in a glass bowl and steamed it in the microwave for 3 minutes…easy!

    Once bolognese sauce is done, place pasta or zucchini (or both) in bowl, spoon the sauce on top, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and enJOY!

    xo

     

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