Besides helping people achieve financial security through homeownership, I’d like to share another one of my passions with you – Cooking!

Justin’s Bolognese Sauce

Real Bolognese sauce is so different than the typical Italian tomato-based sauces you get in restaurants.  Even restaurants offering Bolognese on their menus don’t really take the time it takes to develop that rich and complex flavor that a patient cook can create.  Here is a simplified, yet better-than-restaurant quality sauce that will change the way you think of Italian food!

3 carrots, peeled and diced small
3 celery stalks, diced small
1 large onion, diced small
Two 28-oz. cans whole peeled tomatoes, diced with juices in food processor, or substitute with crushed tomatoes
4 tbsp. butter
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
3 cups whole milk
3 cups dry white wine
5 tbsp. tomato paste
2 tsp. salt or to taste
½ tsp. freshly ground black pepper

If you have a food processor, pulse the carrots until finely diced.  Remove and do the same with celery and onions.  This saves lots of time!  Otherwise, a good knife can do the same work.

For the canned tomatoes, it’s always better to buy whole-peeled tomatoes.  But if you don’t have a food processor to chop them up, you can get by with cans of crushed tomatoes.

In a big heavy bottomed pot, heat butter and add carrots, celery, and onions and sauté on medium heat for 5 minutes, until slightly softened.  Raise heat to medium-high and add beef and pork, breaking the meat up into crumbles with a wooden spoon as it browns.

Once meat is browned, add milk and lower heat back down to medium.  Bring to a simmer, stirring frequently.  Lower heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add white wine and increase heat to medium.  Bring to a simmer.  Lower heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes.

Add tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, and pepper.  Increase heat to medium and bring to a simmer.  Lower heat to low and simmer for a final 30 minutes.

This is best served over rigatoni or tagliatelle, but fettuccini or polenta would also be great!

This one takes some patience, but it’s SO worth it!  Top with grated hard Italian cheese of your choice.

I hope your family enjoys this recipe! If you are looking for home-planning (or cooking) advice, I would be happy to be a resource!

Justin Frodella

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