This Sauce Will Make People Think You Have An Italian Grandma In The Kitchen
My grandmother always used the phrase “less is more” and, as a kid, I had a hard time understanding what she meant by it. Whether it’s fashion or Christmas decorations, I still have to remind myself that constantly adding more may not always be a good thing. Yes, I tend to go a little crazy when it comes to Christmas lights. And my husband certainly thinks less would be more, when we’re talking about my shoe collection.
So, I have a lot to learn but when it comes to food, I like to keep things simple. Grandma always did, and her meals turned out amazing each and every time. This is one of the recipes that always makes me think of her. It isn’t her recipe but this is similar to the way she used to cook. A handful of ingredients, no complicated directions, just a really tasty, homecooked meal.
My husband always says he would rather have this homemade bolognese than go to a 5-star restaurant. Once you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll understand why.
The first thing that sets this bolognese recipe apart from others is that there is both, beef in it. It makes a huge difference in the end result!
1 onion, finely chopped
2 sticks celery, finely chopped
500g (0.6 lb) ground beef
2 glasses water
1 tin tomato paste
1 cup chicken stock
3 sprigs of rosemary
Soften the onion and celery in a large saucepan.
Mix good beef (loosen with a splash of olive oil).
Add the meat in small batches and brown, make sure you’ve got plenty of space in the saucepan or the meat will boil rather than brown and caramelize.
Add water and reduce to half on medium heat.
Add the stock, rosemary and tomato paste and cover and simmer for 2 – 2 1/2 hours until the sauce becomes rich and thick.
Serve over freshly cooked pasta so that the pasta will absorb the yummy juices.
Grate some parmesan and pepper.