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Bolognese Sauce

26 Oct


My husband loved this and would eat bowls of the sauce before I put it over the pasta.

2 Tablespoons butter

6 Tablespoons olive oil

6 ounces finely chopped pancetta

2 chopped large onions

3 chopped carrots

2 stalks chopped celery

3 cloves chopped garlic

1/2 teaspoon red pepper

One cup chopped parsley.

One pound lean ground beef

Two pounds ground veal

One pound ground pork or chopped leftover pulled pork

2 cups red wine

2 -28 ounces can chunky Pastene tomatoes

One small can of tomato paste

Rinse out each can with a little water and add to the pot

3 teaspoons beef bouillon powder

10  basil leaves

2 cups half and half

One tablespoon butter

Melt the oil and butter

Add the pancetta

Cook till the pancetta is brown and rendered

Add the onion and garlic for one minute

Add the carrots, celery and red pepper

Cook on medium heat till everything is soft

Add all the meat and cook till it is cooked

Take out of the pan and add the wine to the pan

Reduce till the alcohol is cooked off and  is reduced at least by half

Make sure you stir the bottom to remove all the tasty little meat pieces.

Add the paste and 1/2 can water. Stir.

Add the tomatoes and stir.

Add all the meat, vegetables, parsley, beef bouillon and basil.

Stir well and let this all simmer for about two hours.

Stir often

Taste for more salt

When the sauce has thickened add the 1/2 and 1/2 and butter

Keep on low till the pasta is cooked

I do make fresh pasta for this sauce because it deserves it.

I deserve fresh pasta…..and so much more.

If you don’t have time to make fresh, go and buy the refrigerated pasta. Its pretty good.

Serve with grated Romano cheese, Italian bread and a glass of red wine.

I use the food processor to chop all the vegetables because they should be very fine. It saves a ton of time.

This sauce freezes well.

This is enough for eight good eaters.



Meatloaf Sandwich

9 Feb

Meatloaf sandwich

This has to be one of the most underrated  foods.

It is not only good the first night you make it but it makes one of the best sandwiches ever.

3 pounds of ground beef

One package onion soup mix

One cup old fashion oatmeal

One cup flavored garlic breadcrumbs

One cup ketchup

Two beaten eggs

One chopped onion sautéed in one tablespoon butter

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Mix everything together

Shape into a loaf about three inches high

Bake in a lightly greased pan for about 45 minutes

Drain whatever fat is in the pan

Serve with mashed potatoes and corn

This is such a 1950 meal.

Glorious leftover sandwich

Two slices white bread

Two tablespoons real mayonnaise

Two tablespoons ketchup

One slice of tomato

One handful of arugula

One sliced sweet pickle

One thin slice of red onion

One one inch slice of warm meatloaf

One slice of cheese, melted on the meatloaf

Assemble everything in the order it was written.

Sit down with a big napkin, tall drink and your family.

Everyone will be happy

The Naked Meatball

20 Nov

The naked meatball

This is a sandwich that was born when I was young and stealing meatballs from my Mom’s kitchen.

I had to get in and out of the kitchen fast but since then I  take some time and add some condiments.

Bake your meatballs.

Slice a fresh soft roll.

Spread some mayonnaise and add some hot sauce.

Put a slice of mozzarella cheese on top

Add a hot meatball and go outside to eat this.

Its perfect.

If the tomato sauce is finished cooking DEFINITELY use it as a dipping sauce.

They freeze great.