I saw this recipe in the June issue of Delicious magazine. Now let me start by saying that after this issue I pretty much abandoned their magazine. I’ll flip through the pages at the supermarket but haven’t bought one since. It’s the over-exposed and totally fake colored food photography they print these days that puts me off and makes me cringe. I just don’t like it anymore. I want to see real food, with normal colors so I know what I’ll get on my plate.
But this recipe did spark my interest back then. I made a mental note of it with every intention of trying it soon. Now, we all know how good intentions can inadvertently pave the way to all the wrong places, but making mental notes when you have a memory like a sieve isn’t a really smart thing to begin with. My bad.
Luckily I ran into said magazine again while cleaning out the gazillion magazines I keep in my night stand, or I would have missed out on the best darn Bolognese sauce ever. Sharing the love!
1 pound ground beef
1 pound mixed ground pork/beef
7 oz bacon or pancetta
1 large onion
2 celery stalks
1 medium carrot
2 garlic cloves
2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
2 1/2 tbsp tomato paste
2 cups milk
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp pepper
3 1/2 cups beef broth
2 1/2 tbsp freshly chopped basil
pinch of dried basil
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
Optional: 1 1/2 cups broth can be replaced by red wine
* this recipe makes for quite a bit of sauce. You can cut the recipe in half, but with all the oven time it’s probably far more economical to make a large batch and freeze half of it. You’ll need a large oven-proof pan for this, preferably a Dutch oven. I’ve used a 5 1/2 quart Le Creuset.
*preheat your oven to 300F (160C).
Add both cans of diced tomatoes, pour in the beef broth—or replace 1 1/2 cup of broth with red wine—sprinkle the basil in there, add 1/4 tsp pepper, 1 tsp salt and I’ve added 1/2 a tsp dried basil because I love the flavor it gives. Throw 2 bay leaves in there as well.
Bring the sauce to a boil, pop the lid on and put it in the oven. Let the sauce slowly simmer in the oven at 300F (160C) for 2 hours, until the sauce has cooked down and thickened.
As soon as the sauce is done, you’ll see that the fat has accumulated on top. If you want to save yourself countless hours of research on how to unclog your arteries and prevent a fatal heart attack, skim it off and throw it away. Discard the bay leaves.
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