There'll always be days that you're too tired, too sick or just too lazy to cook. So when you do have days when you feel the urge to bust out your apron; you should take advantage of the mood and whip up a big batch of something so that you can freeze a bunch of it...or if you're like me, feed all of your friends. I mean really, who doesn't love a homecooked soup, sauce or casserole?
One of my favorite sauces to make and share is bolognese sauce. It's simple to make and quite healthy. When I first started making it, I used Ms.Big Head's (aka Giada De Laurentiis) recipe from Everyday Italian as a template. Over time I tweaked this and that and found a version that worked for me.
You can find the original recipe here: Giada's Simple Bolognese. My version complete with tweaks is listed below.
½ cup olive oil
2 (28 oz.) cans of crushed tomatoes (I like to use Muir Glen's Organic Fire Roasted Crushed Tomatoes)
2 medium onions, diced
5-6 garlic cloves, minced
2 lbs. ground beef
½ cup flat leaf Italian parsley, chopped
¼ cup basil leaves, chopped
Fresh ground pepper
Red pepper flakes
½ cup red wine
* In a large skillet heat the olive oil. Add the onion and garlic and saute over medium heat until the onions become very soft, about 8 minutes.
* Raise heat to high and add the ground beef. Saute for another 10 minutes, until all the pink is gone.
* Add the tomatoes, parsley and basil. Stir.
* Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Add red wine and a couple splashes of Tapatio.
* Allow the sauce to simmer on medium low heat until it thickens, about 30 minutes.