Although traditionally served over freshly made fettuccine or tagliatelle, ragu is equally delicious over large dried pasta shapes such as Colavita's bronze Die Roman Rigatoni or Dal Raccolto Artisanal Pastas, Fusilli Puglieses and Capunti, as their unique shapes hold the sauce for each delicious bite. Spoon some grated Parmigiano-Reggiano over the pasta and pass plenty more cheese separately.
1/2 pound ground beef 1/2 pound ground veal 3 tablespoons COLAVITA Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 small carrot, diced fine 1 small onion, diced fine 1 center rib celery, diced fine 1/2 cup dry red or white wine 1 (35 - ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes with liquid Kosher salt Freshly ground black pepper
1. Cook the beef and veal n a heavy 4 quart Dutch oven over low heat. Cook, stirring to break up the meat into small pieces, until the meat is a uniform grayish color. Transfer to a bowl. 2. Increase the heat to medium and add the oil. Stir in the carrot, onion and celery. Saute until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes. Add the wine and boil until reduced to 2 tablespoons. 3. Return the meat to the pan. Add the tomatoes and their liquid and stir to break them up. Heat to simmering. Adjust the heat so only one or two bubbles rise to the surface at a time. (Long, slow cooking is essential.) Cook, stirring occasionally--more frequently as the sauce thickens--until the sauce is very thick, about 2 to 2 1/2 hours; season sparingly with salt and pepper halfway through the cooking time. (The finished sauce should be more like very small pieces of meat bound with a thick tomato mixture than a tomato sauce flecked with pieces of meat.) Adjust the seasonings with additional salt and pepper to taste. Per Serving: 284 Calories (57.2% from fat); 17g Fat (5g Sat, 9g Mono, 1g Poly); 16g Protein; 14g Carbohydrate; 1g Dietary fiber; 59mg Cholesterol; 605mg Sodium. Food Exchanges: 2 Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Vegetable; 2 1/2 Fat. _______________________________ Look for Dal Raccolto Artisanal Pasta and other fine Colavita products in your supermarket, or to purchase on-line visit www.ColavitaStore.com.