Bolognese Sauce

Author: Canadian Living

This nourishing Italian sauce makes an effortless Saturday supper. The batch is generous, so there's plenty for guests or to freeze for weeknight suppers.

  • Portion size 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 4 slices bacon chopped
  • 4 slices pancetta chopped
  • 2 onions chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 celery stalks chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 can tomato
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pinch granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Method

In large Dutch oven, saut?eef over medium-high heat, breaking up with spoon, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Drain off fat.

Meanwhile, using mortar and pestle or bottom of small saucepan, lightly crush fennel seeds; add to pan. Add chopped bacon, onions, minced garlic, carrots, celery, oregano, salt and pepper; fry over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are softened, about 8 minutes.

Add milk; simmer until almost no liquid remains, about 3 minutes.

Add tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, wine, tomato paste, bay leaf and sugar, breaking up tomatoes with potato masher or spoon; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until thick enough to mound on spoon, about 1 hour. Discard bay leaf. Stir in parsley. (Make-ahead: Let cool for 30 minutes; refrigerate, uncovered, in airtight container until cold. Cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 1 month.)

Nutritional facts <b>Per serving:</b> about

  • Sodium 614 mg
  • Protein 17 g
  • Calories 261.0
  • Total fat 13 g
  • Cholesterol 41 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 20 g

%RDI

  • Iron 27.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 13.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 12.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 62.0
  • Vitamin C 48.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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