Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Quick Bolognese Pasta

This is a simple sauce that comes together pretty quickly, can simmer in as little as twenty minutes but if you have the time let it simmer for an hour or more. In fact, double or triple this recipe and put in the crockpot then freeze it or use for, say, a lasagna. It's that good. You will notice this recipe is missing herbs. No herbs. Not needed. No wine. Not this time. This is a simple Bolognese. I promise your family will love it.

Quick Bolognese Pasta
1/2 pound hamburger
4 thick sliced bacon
1 can whole tomatoes puréed (or a can of puréed tomatoes)
4 cloves garlic
1/2 small onion diced
Salt and pepper

So in reality you should use pancetta but in reality I don't have it. I'm not going to go get it and bacon is fine. Cut the bacon length wise first then into chunks. Start rendering off the fat.
Now I'm rushing. I should have gotten a little brown before adding the onion but heck with it. I'm in a hurry. I've got puppies crying at my feet.
Add the onion . And the ground beef.
When just about cooked add the garlic. You could spoon off the fat but really there isn't much and I will tell you that in the end result it wasn't greasy but silky. There are times I regret not spooning off the fat but this isn't one of them.
I buy whole tomatoes or puréed tomatoes. Rarely I buy diced. If I have whole tomatoes, I will toss them into the blender. Puréed will work just as well but I have to say the flavor is different. I prefer whole tomatoes tossed in the blender.
Add it to the pot and taste and add salt and pepper. Let simmer on low for at least 20 minutes but for best results an hour.
Add cooked pasta (we are using rigatoni) and Parmesan cheese and let simmer for at least five minutes. The sauce cooks into the pasta. It's amazing.


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