Saturday, January 17, 2009

Homemade Ragu Sauce

I got this authentic Italian recipe from my good friend Gulia who happens to be an authentic Italian herself :) It's waaaay better than anything you'd buy in a can. Odds are you are going to chuck them out after you make this anyways. I make this recipe and double or triple it and store the leftovers in individual pre measured baggies and stick them in the freezer until I need them.

1 medium carrot, grated
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 onion, minced
1/2 c. mushrooms, finely minced
1/2 lb. ground beef (or turkey for all of you sometimes health nutters like me)
2 whole garlic cloves (or use the time saving prepackaged minced garlic)
2 cans tomato sauce
(honestly its a guess for me right now on how much tomato sauce to old scrawled out hand writing didn't complete the if it needs more liquid try throwing in a can of stewed tomatoes)
1 Tbsp sugar
Fresh Italian parsley, minced to taste (about a good Tbsp)
Fresh basil, minced to taste (about a good Tbsp)
Salt and pepper to taste

Saute carrot, onion and mushrooms in the oil on medium heat. In a separate pan brown the meat. Add the meat to the onion mixture. Add your whole garlic, and rest of seasonings to pan.Cover with lid and simmer on low heat for 45 minutes.

*Important - remember to fish out the garlic cloves or someones going to get a REAL tasty bite that might make them want to puke

Pour sauce over your favorite pasta dish and grate fresh parmigiana cheese.

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