Homemade Bolognese


1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

2 medium onions, finely chopped

2 ribs celery, finely chopped

2 carrots, finely chopped

4 cloves garlic, finely chopped

6 cremini or portabella mushrooms, sliced

3/4 cup of basil, chopped

3 tablespoons of parmesan cheese

1.5 lbs of ground beef

1 lb. of sausages

24 ounce can of diced tomatoes

12 ounce can of tomato puree

1 cup of dry red wine

1 tsp. of crushed red pepper

2 springs of rosemary & thyme, tied together

salt and freshly ground pepper

In a 6 to 8 quart heavy-bottomed pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add the onions, celery, carrots and garlic and cook until the vegetables are translucent, about 8-10 minutes.  Then in a separate pan over medium heat, cook up the ground beef.  Be sure to dash a bit of salt and pepper throughout the meat to ensure proper seasoning.  Drain grease from pan and set beef aside.  In that same pan, over medium heat, cook up sausages, turning every 2-3 minutes.

As the sausages are cooking, turn your attention to the vegetables.  Put the diced garlic into the pot on top of the vegetables.  Don’t stir! Garlic is best steamed on top, rather than browned.  After about 2 minutes, throw the diced tomatoes, tomato puree and wine in the pot with the vegetables.  Now throw in the ground beef and slice up the cooked sausages and throw those into the pot, too.

Grab your sprigs or rosemary and thyme and tie them together with string to make a herb bouquet–a little trick I learned from Barefoot Contessa.  Place the bouquet in the pot and add salt, pepper and red crushed pepper.  Cover the pot, leaving it a tad bit open on one side and cook for 3 hrs.

About 30 minutes before serving, check back and taste to make sure it’s properly seasoned.  At this time add your cremini mushrooms, chopped basil and parmesan cheese. Thirty minutes later, voila!