Saturday, January 17, 2009

Pasta and Italian Meat Sauce

This is an easy recipe that I make time after time. My family loves it. It's from the January/February 2003 issue of Martha Stewart's Everday Food and is an adaptation of Ragu alla Bolognese (sauce in the style of Bologna). I changed it up slightly.

4 Tablespoons butter
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 carrot, grated (about 1/2 cup)
1 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 pound ground beef
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup milk
1 dried bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
salt and pepper
1 pound fettuccine
grated Parmesan cheese, for serving

Heat the butter and oil in a large pan.

Stir in the carrot, onion, and garlic.

Add the ground beef and cook until it is browned.

Add the tomatoes and their liquid. Stir in the milk, bayleaf, thyme, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Simmer 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the fettuccine until al dente. Drain the fettuccine and return to warm pot. Add meat sauce and toss. Serve sprinkled with Parmesan and with crusty bread.

Now clean your plate! :)


Armchair Housewife said...

You know a dinner looks good when it's making me say "mm...." at breakfast time. :)

Sue said...

That looks so good! The ingredients are things I always have on hand. Many pasta sauce recipes call for tomato paste, which I can get here in Japan, but it comes in tiny cans and is expensive. I will definitely try this one soon. Thanks for sharing!

Mother Hood said...

Ah man! I'm hungry again and I just ate! ;) It sure does look like a winner!

Woman's Essence said...

Looks delish and easy to :) Thank you for posting it for us. Blessings, Linda

WhiteStone said...

Looks great! I've never used milk before in a sauce. I'll try it!

Doodles said...

That looks really good. I'm going to try that! Thanks for sharing.

Barb J. said...

I always love the recipes you post. They look appetizing, and yet easy!