What to Eat Wednesday!

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Lasagna-BologneseI love food!  Anyone that knows me, knows that.  But if you are one of the few that REALLY knows me, you’d have already realized that I love to cook much  more than I love eating the food.  For me it’s therapeutic, relaxing, rewarding…it’s just wonderful.  I love sharing recipes and I love learning about the history behind them.  I am also a lover of history, the world, how we came to be the people we are today and the role that food played within that culture.  So it is only normal that the more tradition and heritage behind the food, the better.  Probably why I love Anthony Bourdain, Guy Fieri and Andrew Zimmern shows. 

That being said I decided to create weekly posts about food, recipes and the history surrounding them.  I am also going to start a “What to Eat, Wednesday” post on my Facebook page, so if you don’t already follow me and love food, join in the fun.  I picked Wednesday for a few reasons.  In my house we cook a lot on the weekends, big family meals.  So we are usually finishing off leftovers on Monday and sometimes Tuesday, Wednesday is usually the day to start up again.  And from time to time, I need a little inspiration and figured this would be a good way to get it.  Hope you think so too.  So enough said, here we go. Yes I know it’s not Wednesday, but I’ve been dying to try this new WordPress plugin, Recipe Card.

I am predominantly Italian, Irish and Southern (yes I believe that is a nationality!) and several other things like Creek Indian and German, and now as I am typing this I realize why I love wine, scotch and bourbon.  Hmm, it really isn’t my fault.  Anyway, early on , the Italian side was my biggest influence on my cooking.  One of my best memories was the Sunday dinner, which started cooking early that day and by the time it was nearly done, the house was filled with relatives and the most delicious and intoxicating smells you could imagine!  I started making this recipe over 20 years ago.  I have changed it over time but I think it is perfect as it is now.  I have been making it this way for about 10 years.  I hope you enjoy it!

Michael's Bolognese Ragu
I have been cooking Italian food for over 30 years and this is my favorite and my family's favorite. When I make it, I make a ton. I generally will can or freeze half of it. So feel free to cut the recipe in half to feed 8-10.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Large White Onion
  2. 1/2 lb Pancetta
  3. 3 Large Carrots
  4. 4 Large Celery Stalks
  5. 2 lbs Ground Beef
  6. 2 lbs Ground Pork
  7. 2 lbs Ground Veal
  8. 3 Large Cans Crushed Tomatoes
  9. 2 Large Cans Diced Tomatoes
  10. 1 Large Can Tomato Paste
  11. 4 Cups Beef Stock
  12. 2 Cups White Wine
  13. 2 Cups Whole Milk
  14. 1/4 Cup Dried Basil
  15. 1/4 Cup Dried Oregano
  16. 1/4 Cup Garlic Powder
  17. 1/8 Cup Salt
  18. Pepper to Taste
Instructions
  1. In a large heavy pot, cut pancetta into a small dice and brown in olive oil, then dice onion and add to pot until translucent. While the bacon/onion mixture is cooking, chop the carrots and celery into the same small dice and add to the pot when onions are done. Add some salt & pepper and sweat the vegetables for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the ground pork, beef and veal. But make sure to brown each completely before adding the next meat. Next add the milk and stir well. Cook until the liquid is almost gone. Then add the stock and reduce slightly for about 20 minutes.
  3. Finally, add the tomatoes, paste, wine and spices. Mix completely, bring to a slow boil and reduce the temperature to low/med, depending upon your stove. Cook for at least an hour uncovered, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and let sit for 30 minutes.
Notes
  1. This is an easy but amazingly delicious recipe to make. I make a lot so that I have it on hand for my hungry crew. I love to serve it with papparadelle pasta! But if not, make a hearty pasta like rigatoni or at least penne. Serve with warm bread and freshly grated Parmesan cheese, some fresh cracked black pepper and a slight drizzle of olive oil!
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Michael Musto

Just following my passion for cooking & helping Retailers, Restaurants, & Food Industry companies with Marketing Strategies. Along the way sharing recipes from amazing food bloggers, The love of great wines, artisan spirits, craft brews and of course Bourbon.

I grew up in the kitchen with my mother and grandmother and it's where I love to be every day cooking for my wonderful family. I hope you enjoy!

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