Monday, August 31, 2009

Putting things in order this week

Now that the kids are back in school, I'm getting back on track. NO more last minute trips to the grocery store to grab stuff to make dinner.

I put together a menu plan for the week along with a grocery list. I'm off to get that done this morning.
I pulled out an old recipe we haven't had in ages to try. It's a family fav!

Spaghetti Bolognese
1 cup canned tomatoes
2tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp olive oil
1 oz. pancetta
1 small onion finely chopped
1 small celery stalk finely chopped
1 small carrot finely chopped
1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
6 oz lean ground beef
3 oz ground pork
1 oz moradella finely chopped
salt to taste
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/3 cup milk
pinch of nutmeg
2 tbsp tomato paste
2/3 cup beef broth

parmesan cheese
fresh ground pepper

In a large heavy pot melt 1 1/2 tbsp butter along with the olive oil. Stir in the pancetta and saute until lightly browned.

Add the onion, celery, carrot and parsley and cook until softened but not browned. Keep the heat low and add in the groud meat and mortadella. salt. Brown the meat using a wooden spoon to break up the chunks.

Pour in the wine, simmer very gently about 3 minutes while the alcohol evaporates.

Add the milk and nutmeg simmer for another 10 minutes, add in the tomatoe paste dissolved in 1/4 cup beef broth along with the canned tomatoes. Cover partially and simmer for at least 4 hours. Add remaining beef broth as the sauce cooks.

finally when the sauce is thick and creamy add in the remaining butter and the pepper.

cook the pasta, toast a bit of garlic bread, toss a salad and dinner is ready!

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