Birthdays are big deals in my house. You get to choose a home-cooked meal of your choice or a restaurant dinner of your choosing. My brother-in-law, David, is so awesome (pictured with my gorgeous sister above). He put in so many man hours on my new home, all for free. So, when his birthday rolls around and he says he wants a lasagna dinner, I make it my business to make a sauce for the lasagna that is simmered all day, and finally baked into a lasagna.
So, while loads of my recipes are quick, this one isn’t. But if you have a day to hang around the house, while your sauce gently bubbles on the stovetop, make this. So.worth.it.
Delicious Veal and Pork Bolognese Sauce
ABOUT THIS RECIPE
“This sauce must be cooked for 2 hours or even more is even better! the first hour covered then the last uncovered. If possible prepare this sauce one day in advance and refrigerated, it will increase the flavor. This is a very hearty sauce, you can also add in a can or plum tomatoes, chopped and drained if desired.”
- 3 -5 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 2 small carrots, peeled and finely diced
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes ( you can add in more to taste)
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 lb ground veal
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 1/4 cups dry red wine
- 2 (14 ounce) cans beef broth ( or beef consomme for an even richer flavor)
- 1 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes
- whipped cream (optional)
- parmesan cheese
- cooked pasta
Heat the oil in a large heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat.
Add in the diced bacon and saute until beginning to brown (about 5 minutes).
Add in the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, thyme, basil, dryed pepper flakes and bay leaves; saute for about 5-6 minutes.
Add in tomato paste; cook stiring with a wooden spoon for 2 minutes. Then add in the ground veal and pork; cook until cooked through and well browned (about 12 minutes, the meat should be BROWNED well!).
Add in the wine then simmer for about 8 minutes uncovered.
Add in the broth and crushed tomatoes; reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring often with a wooden spoon.
Uncover and season with salt and pepper; simmer for another hour or more (uncovered).
If you prefer a creamy sauce, add in about 1/4 cup whipping cream towards the end of cooking.
Serve over cooked pasta and top with parmesan cheese.
Now use that sauce to make your favorite lasagna recipe. Here’s one of mine: Lasagna Suzanne