I don’t often make my own spaghetti sauce. I’m a big fan of Newmans Own – it has simple ingredients and it tastes good. I don’t feel the need to reinvent the wheel ALL the time. But sometimes a big pot of Bolognese is just what the doctor ordered, for my taste buds and my peace of mind. I love the smell of wholesome food bubbling away on a back burner. It transports me back to childhood and the big dutch ovens of goodies just out of reach on the back of the stove at Grandma’s house. Yummy, easy to put together, and worth the trouble – you’ll like this bolognese sauce too!
sausage and beef bolognese sauce
- 1.5 Quarts crushed canned tomatoes
- 1 6- oz can tomato paste
- 2 Cups Beef Broth
- 1 lb Mild or Hot Italian Sausage
- 1 lb Ground beef
- 1 slices thick cut bacon cut into lardon
- 1 large or 2 medium carrots diced
- 2 stalks celery diced
- 1 1/2 C Chopped Onions diced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1 Tbps Oregano
- 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 2 tsp. Salt
- 1 tsp. pepper
- 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper
In your dutch oven, heat a tablespoon or so of olive oil and add in the lardon bacon and cook until it just starts to crisp. Add in the onion and garlic and saute until it starts to just turn golden.
Add in the carrots and celery and saute until they just start to soften
Add in the Italian sausage and ground beef, cook through and break up into fine pieces, you almost want the meat to be more like sand than gravel.
when the meat is nearly done, add in the tomato paste and saute for a few more minutes, this develops the flavor before you add in the herbs/seasoning and liquid.
Add in all the seasonings except salt and pepper
Add in the tomatoes and broth
Bring to a simmer and cover - let it cook for about an hour and taste for salt & pepper
Simmer until you're ready to eat - the longer the better in my opinion
Serve over noodles, polenta, in lasagna or whatever you like.