I learned this recipe from an Italian chef in Florence. It is a wonderful meat sauce of ground beef and pork, originally served over a homemade ricotta and eggplant ravioli. It's great over spaghetti and fettuccini as well!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat the olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.

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  • Cook the onion, carrot, and celery in the hot oil until the vegetables are tender and the onion has begun to brown around the edges, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir in the beef and pork; continue cooking and stirring until the meat is brown and crumbled, about 5 minutes. Pour in the wine, bring to a boil, and cook until the wine has nearly evaporated.

  • Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, and pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover the pan, and simmer 2 hours until the sauce is very thick. Use a little water as needed if the sauce begins to look too dry.

Nutrition Facts

250 calories; 11.8 g protein; 13.5 g carbohydrates; 35.5 mg cholesterol; 96.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (4)

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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2009
I followed the recipe exactly and our family really enjoyed it. Would like to try it with some garlic and fresh basil next time. Read More
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4 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 3
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Rating: 4 stars
09/21/2009
I followed the recipe exactly and our family really enjoyed it. Would like to try it with some garlic and fresh basil next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/12/2010
It came out a little too vinegary for my taste. If I made it again I'd probably use red wine instead of red wine vinegar. Also a tip mince all the veggies in a food processor the night before you cook to ease up on the prep time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/11/2015
In the end we liked this sauce but it needed a little help. Because of the confusion in the ingredients I had to make some changes. The ingredients call for red wine vinegar but the directions say to add the red wine. Hmm I chose to go with the vinegar but used half the amount. I was worried about the acidity of the tomatoes and the vinegar so I added two large bay leaves at the start of the simmering time. After an hour of simmering I tasted and the sauce needed a boost so I added 2 cloves of minced garlic. With these few changes it was an excellent sauce. I do wonder what the submitter intended..vinegar or wine? addendum: I see that the ingredient list has been corrected to include red wine instead of red wine vinegar which was listed in the original ingredient list. I made it again and again I added the fresh garlic it just seems to be missing it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/08/2015
I have made this recipe several times now and am finally rating it. It is an excellent sauce you can add other spices or herbs depending on what your using it for I myself added garlic and Italian spice in the reviews people complained about vinegar in the recipe and they need to re read it as it states red wine no where did I see red wine vinegar as they complained about as I think that's all they had on hand their mistake not the poster of the recipe this is truly amazing sauce give it a try and use RED WINE not red wine vinegar!!!! Read More
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