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Bolognese Ragu

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Bolognese sauce smothered over your favorite pasta is known to warm the heart and perfect for any day of the week. This pork and beef based sauce has a special but often forgotten ingredient that makes all the difference…moist, juicy pancetta! The key to keeping Bolognese sauce moist and flavorsome is slow cooking it keeping all the meat luscious and tender.
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Vincenzo's Plate

Vincenzo’s Plate, a 30-something year old, food obsessed Italian living in Australia cooks traditional Italian meals with family and friends.
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Ingredients

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Servings:
1
Serves 1
1
Onion
1 stalk
2/3 cup
Pancetta
1.1 lb
Ground Beef
2 cups
Tomato Sauce
or Tomato Passata
as needed
Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
8 oz
White Wine
8 oz
Water
up to 16 ounces
to taste
to taste
(optional)
1 Tbsp
Rock Salt
20 3/4 cups
Water
to taste
Pasta

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Nutrition Per Serving

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CALORIES
2902
FAT
170.3 g
PROTEIN
201.8 g
CARBS
87.9 g

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1
Start by roughly chopping the Carrot (1), Onion (1), Celery (1 stalk), and cutting the Pancetta (150 gram) into strips.
Step 2
Mix all chopped up ingredients together and combine well using a hand blender.
Step 3
Place a medium-large size pot on the stove at low-medium heat. Once the pot has started to warm, add 4-5 Tbsp of Extra-Virgin Olive Oil (as needed).
Step 4
When the oil has warmed up, add the soffrito, and combine with the oil using a wooden spoon. Leave the soffrito to simmer for around 10 minutes.
Step 5
Add the Ground Beef (500 gram) and Ground Pork (200 gram) to your Bolognese sauce mix, breaking down the chunks of meat using a wooden spoon as you cook it.
Step 6
Next, you can sprinkle a generous amount of Salt (to taste) along with Dried Oregano (to taste), along with a glass of White Wine (8 ounce).
Step 7
Leave the Bolognese sauce to simmer for approximately 5 minutes, stirring every so often. This should start to bubble as the wine evaporates.
Step 8
Now it’s time to add the bottle of Tomato Sauce (500 milliliter) and a sprinkle of Ground Black Pepper (to taste) before continuing to mix once again.
Step 9
The final ingredient is 1 glass of water. Add the Water (8 ounce) to your Bolognese sauce, mix through and cover, leaving it to cook for 30 minutes. Stir the sauce every 10 minutes so the meat cooks evenly and nothing sticks to the pan.
Step 10
Once 30 minutes have passed, uncover, and mix well using a wooden spoon. At this point, if there are any thick chunks of meat, break them down again using your wooden spoon before leaving the sauce to simmer once more for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes while leaving the lid off.
Step 11
In the meantime, boil Water (5 liter) in a second pot and add Rock Salt (1 tablespoon), leaving it to dissolve.
Step 12
Once the sauce has finished cooking and your water has boiled, add your choice of Pasta (to taste) to the water and cook according to the packet instructions.
Step 13
While the pasta is boiling, prepare a large frying pan for mixing. Place a frying pan on the stove at low heat, and add a generous spoonful (or two!) of Bolognese sauce, covering the bottom.
Step 14
Next, add the strained pasta into the pan along with 2 spoonfuls of pasta water.
Step 15
Mix this through until the pasta is completely lathered before adding another generous amount of Bolognese sauce and mixing again.
Step 16
Serve the Bolognese sauce pasta can be served on a plate or in a bowl – either way, you’ll likely add some extra sauce! You can also add a sprinkle of Parmigiano or Pecorino cheese to the top for some added salty goodness.

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Nutrition Per Serving
Calories
2902
% Daily Value*
Fat
170.3 g
218%
Saturated Fat
64.1 g
320%
Trans Fat
2.9 g
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Cholesterol
651.5 mg
217%
Carbohydrates
87.9 g
32%
Fiber
18.5 g
66%
Sugars
47.8 g
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Protein
201.8 g
404%
Sodium
9943.1 mg
432%
Vitamin D
--
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Calcium
1192.6 mg
92%
Iron
21.1 mg
117%
Potassium
2874.0 mg
61%
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