Only after I'd minced and chopped and begun to saute did I realize that I had no red wine for the sauce. Or at least none that I could rationalize opening for a simple 1/2 cup. Fortunately, I remembered the open bottle of white burgundy in the fridge and further remembered a Bolognese recipe I ran across on Dana McCauley's blog a few months ago in which she used white wine rather than red. Sweet! The sauce and I were back in business and my craving would be satisfied!
The results? Delicious! While I still prefer the use of red wine, the white gave the sauce a somewhat lighter flavor that was not unwelcome. I will post the recipe in its original form, and add that you should feel free to use whatever wine you like - so long as its of good quality.
- 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/3 lb. of extra lean ground beef
- 1/3 lb. of ground pork
- 1/3 lb. of ground veal
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 large carrot, peeled and cut into small dice
- 1 large rib of celery cut into small dice
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- dash of crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup of good quality red wine
- one 28 oz. can of crushed tomatoes (I use San Marzano)
- 2 tbsp. tomato paste
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh oregano
- 1 tsp. dried basil
- 2 tbsp. chopped fresh parsley
- 2 - 3 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
- generous grating of fresh nutmeg
- salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 2 - 3 tbsp. fat-free half and half
Add in the half and half, stirring well to combine, and season to taste adding some salt and pepper if desired. Allow the sauce to simmer for 5 to 10 more minutes while you cook your pasta. Serve over the pasta of your choice - whole wheat please, if you're on the Beach - with some additional Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley for garnishing. This recipe will serve 6. Enjoy!
Traditional Bolognese recipes generally call for real cream in some form. In fact, the version I used to make back in the 80s called for the meat to be simmered in cream prior to adding the tomatoes. Luscious to be sure, but I'm far too fat-phobic for that now, hence the half and half.
This is a quick and easy recipe for my all time favorite sauce. While the red wine does yield a heartier result, you can't go wrong either way. Necessity really is the mother of invention and this sauce was just what I needed to cure my aching head. Bon appetite!
While we're on the subject of mothers, I might add that today is Mama Diva's birthday. This recipe is dedicated to you, Mama Diva, the greatest mom a girl could have! If I'm funny, its because you gave me your joyful spirit; if I'm witty, its because you gave me my smarts; and, if I'm a Diva, its because you made sure I knew the sun rose and set upon me - like it should any child. Happy birthday, Mom - I love you THIS much!