I have not been this excited for a post since Made Like Madeley joined the cyberspace world. This Weeknight Bolognese recipe from the Barefoot Contessa was a process that started a few days back when I watched Ina make this dish. She makes it look so easy so I thought I would give it a whirl. My lunch yesterday was the second unexpected step, as I ate at a wonderful Dallas hot-spot, Jimmy's Food Store. Besides an amazing Italian sandwich, I picked up some of the groceries for our dinner - authentic Italian items I was grinning ear-to-ear about. Never heard of San Marzano tomatoes, never bought Italian wine and NEVER purchased fresh, imported Parmigiano Reggiano. Going to Jimmy's for some of my items beat the heck out of Tom Thumb - no offense to my weekly grocer. Here are the next few steps with more pictures than I usually post but I was just having so much fun!!
1 lb. lean ground sirloin
4 tsp. minced garlic (4 cloves)
1 tbsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
1 1/4 c. Chianti wine, divided
1 (28oz.) can crushed tomatoes, San Marzano (I bought whole and crushed myself)
2 tbs. tomato paste
Kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
3/4 lb. Orecchiette pasta
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 c. chopped fresh basil leaves, lightly packed
1/4 c. heavy cream
1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan, plus extra for serving
grow your own - it's more fun), cream and the remaining 1/4 cup wine to sauce and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until thickened.
Enjoy a little glass of Chianti and this wonderful Italian dish.
What I would do next time:
1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes as there was more kick than I expected