Smoky Pork Bolognese Sauce

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For many families, a meat sauce is part of a rotating monthly menu. We've added bacon for smokiness and boosted the depth of flavour with a little red wine. This sauce freezes well, making it a great option for weeknight dinners. Simply reheat and serve over the hot cooked pasta of your choice.

  • Portion size 7 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: September 2015

Ingredients

  • 450 g lean ground pork
  • 2 strips bacon chopped
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 2 ribs celery diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 cups Fresh Tomato Sauce or good-quality plain tomato sauce
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Method

In large Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed saucepan, cook pork and bacon over medium-high heat, breaking up pork with spoon, until no longer pink, about 7 minutes. Using slotted spoon, remove to bowl. Set aside. Drain all but 2 tbsp  fat from Dutch oven.

Add carrots, celery and onion to Dutch oven; cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Stir in pork mixture, tomato sauce, wine, sugar, oregano, hot pepper flakes and bay leaf. Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 1 hour. Discard bay leaf. Stir in parsley. (Make-ahead: Let cool; refrigerate in airtight container for up to 2 days or freeze for up to 2 months.)

Nutritional facts per 1/2 cup: about

  • Fibre 2 g
  • Sodium 148 mg
  • Sugars 4 g
  • Protein 8 g
  • Calories 135.0
  • Total fat 8 g
  • Potassium 433 mg
  • Cholesterol 22 mg
  • Saturated fat 2 g
  • Total carbohydrate 8 g

%RDI

  • Iron 7.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 8.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 27.0
  • Vitamin C 23.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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