Once a person realizes how easy homemade ragu is they won't find a need for the stuff that comes in a jar. My ragu varies depending on what I have on hand and what I have a taste for in the moment. Any ground meat or tofu or mushrooms. A dry wine or homemade stock. Much like pasta carbonara it's a great spur of the moment dish. It takes 30 minutes tops to make. So to hell with the jarred crap!
This go round my ragu went something like this:
Well first, this picture is VERY yellow.
I did make Ragu but it was far from "simple." The recipe originated from my new America's Test Kitchen cookbook. The sauce cooked in the Dutch oven for over four hours while I met with several window salesmen to get some quotes on replacing our terrible, single-pane, excuse-for-windows. It was actually quite funny when I paused their sales presentations to stir my Ragu. Of course, they obliged hoping to earn our business. 😊 Back to the recipe, it calls for chicken livers, mortadella (fancy bologna), and pancetta along with ground beef, veal, and pork. I have to say that I would not make this again because it is too greasy, but I'm glad I tried it.
When Amy said our food challenge this week was ragu, Randy didn't hesitate to remind me that we have his grandfather's recipe for homemade ragu.
So here is my best attempt at making his Italian grandfathers legit ragu
Wait, Ragu is something other than a brand?! Turns out it’s an Italian meat-based sauce dating back to the 18th century. And thanks to the challenge this week, I learned something new. :)
After looking through some ragu Ragu recipes, I decided I wanted to try one that used ground beef as the only meat, rather than a mix that includes veal or other. I settled on
QUICK AND HEARTY GROUND BEEF RAGU, from geniuskitchen.com. By quick, they mean 90 minutes.
This one smells really good, and I also like that there are a bunch of veggies hiding inside. I am adding it to my permanent collection of recipes with a few adjustments:
1. Half the recipe. I made enough food today for an army!!
2. Use a bit less beef broth.
Cooking is like love.
It should be entered
into with abandon
or not at all
Have a fab weekend!!
Amy, Nikita, Georgia and Jen
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