Homemade Bolognese Sauce

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  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 sweet onion, diced (about 1 cuped)
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt + pinch
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork (or pork sausage)
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red-pepper flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1 cup dry red wine (I used pomegranate juice)
  • 2 cans (14 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (28-ounce) crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup tomato paste
  • 1/3 cup finely grated parmesan
2. In a large pot , melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic with a pinch of salt. Cook for 5 minutes, or until translucent. Increase the heat to medium and add the beef and pork. Remove any excess grease. Add in the remaining teaspoon of salt, pepper, basil, oregano, and red pepper flakes. Cook until the meat is browned.

Next add the brown sugar, half-and-half, wine (or pomegranate juice), diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, and parmesan. Stir well and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Cover and cook an additional 20 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and pepper if needed.

Serve over your favorite pasta.

This sauce can also be made in the slow cooker. Cook the onions and meat, then add in the slow cooker with the remaining ingredients and let it cook all day on low.

13 points, 8 servings

Rachel Trimmings

Member since Jan 2009

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