Just about every region of Italy has it’s own version of a Ragu, a slow cooked meat sauce. The most famous of course is from Bologna, Ragu alla Bolognese. Here we use even parts beef, pork, and veal for the meat, but it can also be done using all beef or 2 parts beef to one part pork if you like. This recipe makes more sauce than you will need for the pasta. The remaining sauce can be frozen to use later, allowing you to have a dish usually reserved for the weekend any time.
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound ground chuck
1 pound ground pork
1 pound ground veal
1/4 pound pancetta, chopped coarsely
1 small onion, chopped fine
1 carrot, chopped fine
1 celery stalk, chopped fine
6 tablespoons good quality tomato paste
6 cups meat broth, hot
1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound fresh tagliatelle pasta
- In a large deap saute pan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add beef, pork, veal and pancetta and cook until all the meat is lightly browned. Drain excess fat and add onion, carrots and celery. Lower the heat to medium and cook, stirring until the onions are translucent and the carrots and celery are softened.
- Stir in the tomato paste, turn the heat to high and add one cup of the hot meat broth. Cook, stirring occasionally to scrape up any residues sticking to the bottom of the pan, until all the broth has evaporated. Repeat this process twice more adding one cup of broth at a time. After the third cup of broth evaporates, add the remaining 3 cups of broth, lower the heat to a simmer and cook uncovered until sauce is thick approximately 2 hours.
- Add the cream and simmer for 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring a pot of generously salted water to a boil, add the tagliatelle and cook until al dente. Strain pasta, toss with the bolognese sauce in a large bowl and serve.