Saturday, February 19, 2011

“Magic” Meat Sauce

I like to cook meals that do double duty…from this one sauce (which is awesome as is), I am going to post 4 additional recipes.  It is one of my favorite time and money saving recipes.  When I make the basic sauce I make multiple batches at once, it freezes beautifully, taste even better the second day, and makes it super easy to get dinner on the table multiple other nights all from one afternoon of cooking.

The original Meat Sauce recipe, Inside-Out Pizza Rolls, Beer Enchiladas with Jalapeno Slaw, & Three Cheese Manicotti are all from Rachel Rays magazine, the Bolognaise Sauce is my personal adaptation.

“Magic” Meat Sauce
Makes: 7 cups  Prep: 15 min.  Cook : 2 ½ hours

·         ¼   cup extra-virgin olive oil
·         ¼   cup chopped pancetta
·         1    onion, finely chopped
·         1    carrot, finely chopped
·         2    celery stalks, finely chopped
·         1    clove garlic, finely chopped
·         2    pounds lean ground beef
·         ½   cup dry red wine
·         One (28oz) can tomato puree
·         Salt and pepper

·         In a large, heavy pot, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat.  Add the pancetta and cook until the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes.  Increase the heat to medium, add the onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes.  Stir in the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Increase heat to medium-high, add the beef and cook, breaking it up, until no longer pink, about 8 minutes.  Stir in the wine and cook until the piqued is cooked off, about 5 minutes.
·         Stir in the tomato puree and 1 cup water; and bring to a simmer.  Partially cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally for the last 30 minutes, until thickened, about 2 hours.  Season with salt and pepper.

·         Bolognaise Sauce
·         Inside-Out Pizza Rolls
·         Three Cheese Manicotti

·         Use a chopper or food processor to finely chop the onion, celery, carrot, and garlic.  They need to be very fine so the incorporate into the sauce.
·         Cook multiple batches (i.e. double, triple, or quadruple the recipe), cool and either store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months.
·         Be careful during the last 30 minutes of cooking, the thicker the sauce gets the often you will need to stir it.

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