Home Made Ragu Sauce

Contributed By: Parker


1 pound ground beef
1/2 pound ground pork
1/4 pound bacon strips, diced
2 medium onions, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 small carrots, chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup dry red wine or beef broth
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 bay leaves
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin, nutmeg and pepper
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Hot cooked pasta


1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, pork, bacon, onions, celery and carrots over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes longer. Add wine; cook until liquid is reduced by half, 4 to 5 minutes.
2. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, bay leaves, sugar and seasonings. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, stirring occasionally, 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
3. Discard bay leaves. Add the cream, butter and parsley; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in cheese. Serve with pasta.

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Five Star Recipe
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 2 hours
YIELD: 10 servings (7-1/2 cups).
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 308 calories, 19g fat (9g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 800mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 18g protein.

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