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Ragú Pasta Sauce

by Paola - Thursday, December 2, 2010 rag_dec2010_2

Ragú is comfort food Italian style for the Malpezzi Price family. Simple ingredients  combine to form a delicious sauce for your favorite pasta. A dinner mainstay (leftovers are even better!) to help get you through the winter.

The meat sauce is a Bolognese style meat sauce, preferably made with ground beef or a mixture of ground beef and pork, tomato sauce or paste and an initial base of finely chopped onion, carrot and celery. The only spices that my family ever used for this sauce were salt, pepper and at times basil.

Serves 4 people:
2 tablespoons of olive oil
½ finely chopped onion
1 small diced carrot
half a stalk of diced celery
1 pound lean ground beef
½ pound ground pork
Small can of tomato paste or finely chopped tomatoes with juice
Salt, pepper and fresh or dried basil
Optional: 1 glass of red wine or milk
Fettuccine or pasta of your choice

Sauté the onions over medium heat  in olive oil for 5 minutes,
add the carrot and celery and sauté for another 10 minutes.
Add the meats and stir well;
Add salt, pepper, and basil.
Cook until the meat is browned (Optional: add wine or milk –Rick Price’s secret ingredient).
Stir in the tomatoes or paste
Add just enough water just to cover the mixture and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for at least an hour and cover if the sauce starts getting to thick.
Stir often.
Adjust salt and pepper.
The sauce should not be runny, but not too dry
Pour onto hot pasta…You can add fresh of frozen peas to the Ragú sauce, for some color and different flavor!

Buon appetito!

Paola - Paola Malpezzi-Price was co-founder of ExperiencePlus! Specialty Tours, and now advisor to Monica and Maria Elena as they run ExperiencePlus! Bicycle Tours. Paola retired in May 2014 from being the Chair of the Foreign Languages and Literature department and teaching French literature and culture, Italian literature and culture in translation and Women's Studies courses at Colorado State University. She has published two books: Lucrezia Marinella and the "Querelle des Femmes" in Seventeenth-Century Italy (2007) and Moderata Fonte - Women and Life in Sixteenth-century Venice (2003), both by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press.