Slow cooked bolognese sauce

Hi there! Long time no see, I’ve been trying to read for my exams (emphasis on trying). Yesterday I cooked something that most people are familiar with, bolognese. A bolognese sauce means to most people minced meat and crushed canned tomatoes, which is fast and comforting (and cheap). But a real bolognese is slow cooked, includes bacon, vegetables and wine and most often small pieces of meat instead of minced meat.

So what you need:

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– 2 x 500g of crushed canned tomatoes
– 2 dl of water
– 2 small carrots
– 2 small onions (or 1 big)
– 2-3 cloves of garlic
– 1 large chili
– 1 vegetable stock cube
– 100g of bacon or pancetta
– 2 celery stalks (I forgot)
– 500-600g of beef, I used roast beef cut, I recommend to use a fattier cut
– pinch of sugar
– 2 bay leaves
– 1 tsp of dried oregano
– 1 tsp of dried thyme
– 1 tsp of smoked paprica
– 2 dl of red or white wine
– salt & pepper

Begin with chopping the onions, chili, celery and garlic into small pieces. Grate the carrot. Then slice the bacon or pancetta into thin strips, then the meat into small cubes. Heat up the skillet, add a nob of butter and olive oil and first fry the meat quickly so it gets some color (I did it in two batches as there was so much of it) and remove it from the pan.

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Then add the bacon and let it get a bit of color, then add all vegetables and turn down the heat. You don’t want the vegetables to get color, just soften them slightly, fry for about 3-4 minutes.

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When the vegetables are soft, add spices and vegetable stock cube, pour in the red wine, and let the alcohol cook away for 2 minutes. Then add the beef and all its juices and the tomatoes and water. Season with a pinch of sugar, salt and pepper. Let it come up to a simmer, then turn down the heat (it should not be boiling, gentle simmer) and put on a lid and let cook for 4-5 hours. Stirr every once in a while. If you’d like, you can cook it in a 120 degree oven aswell.

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After 4-5 hours, if the liquid has reduced too much, add a little water. Check seasoning and serve with pasta and grated parmiggiano cheese!

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Enjoy!

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