Green Banana Blog
During this social distancing I miss my big loud Italian Family. I miss our gatherings with too many people stuck in a small house, and of course too much food. So to fill that void, I decided to make one of my father’s all time favorite dishes, Bolognese Sauce. This one of those sauces that is so delicious and comforting I swear it feels like you are getting a hug, just by eating it. Go traditional and top your favorite pasta with this sauce, or keep it a little lighter by eating it over spaghetti squash. Don’t forget to freeze those leftovers, because this sauce tastes almost better reheated than it does fresh.
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 medium white onion, chopped
- 2 ribs celery, chopped
- 1 medium carrot, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup white mushrooms
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp parsley
- ¼ tsp fennel seeds
- ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
- ½ pound ground beef
- ½ pound ground pork
- ½ pound ground veal
- 1, 6 ounce can tomato paste
- 1 Tbsp white miso paste
- ½ cup red wine
- 1 cup beef broth
- 1, 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup fresh basil
- In a large saucepan, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion, carrot and celery and cook for 3-5 minutes, or until onions start to become fragrant and translucent, stirring frequently.
- Add garlic and mushrooms to the pan and continue to cook for another 3 minutes.
- Add in all spices and cook for another 2 minutes.
- Add pork, veal and beef to the pan. Using a wooden spoon, break up the meat as it cooks until it starts to form a crumbled texture. Continue cooking until the meat is completely browned and no pink is visible.
- Add in tomato paste and miso paste and stir until the meat and vegetables are well coated.
- Add red wine, beef broth and crushed tomatoes to the pan and stir until well combines
- Let mixture come to a simmer, where bubbles just begin to appear, turn heat down to low, cover and allow to cook for a minimum of 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Remove lid and add heavy cream, mix until well combined and allow sauce to cook for another 20 minutes
- Remove sauce from heat, stir in fresh basil.
- Serve hot over pasta, or spaghetti squash and enjoy!