My husband loves red meat…me, not so much! Every once in a while I try to be an extra good wife & make him dishes that incorporate red meat but it’s time consuming to have to make separate meals so we make do with compromising 90% of the time & the other 10% I do love to make him what he really wants when I have the extra time.
My favorite way to incorporate red meat is in a hearty Bolognese sauce because I can freeze half of the batch for another few meals & my guy loves it! This is a very simple version to your traditional Bolognese where there are usually a lot of ingredients. But as I always say, if you’re using high quality ingredients simplicity should reign. The beauty of a Bolognese is that you can really tailor it to what you want (turkey, beef, chicken, extra veggies, a glug of wine etc.) & throw together the ingredients without really measuring & let it simmer for a few hours so it gets extra thick & the flavours marry together beautifully. Make it your own & use ingredients you love & it will always turn out fabulous!
This is definitely a guy’s kind of dish: EVOO, onion, bacon (My secret ingredient that adds a lot of great flavour & what guy doesn’t love bacon) & garlic sautéing in my beloved French Oven!
Simmering into a thick & luscious sauce!
The perfect accompaniment to any hearty & rich sauce: Rigatoni!
- 1 lb Ground Lean Sirloin (Or Beef, Turkey, Chicken-whatever you desire!)
- 5 Slices of Good Quality Bacon or Pancetta, Roughly Chopped (Secret Ingredient!)
- 1 Yellow Onion, Finely Chopped
- 2 Cloves Garlic, Grated or Finely Diced
- 2 Cans San Marzano Tomatoes + 1 Empty Can of Water
- 1 Tbsp Dried Basil or 1/4 cup Fresh Basil (Torn into Small Pieces)
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Glug of Red Wine (Approx 1/4 cup)
Open up a great bottle of red wine & pour yourself a glass (reserving a 1/4 cup, of course!) ♥ Sauté onion, bacon & garlic in EVOO over medium heat until onion is translucent & bacon is starting to get crisp ♥ Add ground meat and season with S&P & dried basil (if using fresh basil put it in at the end) & cook until no longer pink ♥ Add red wine & let it reduce down a bit before adding the San Marzano tomatoes (break them up with a wooden spoon) & the can of water ♥ Reduce heat to low & let sauce simmer for at least 1 hour or longer stirring from time to time (in between your glasses of wine ;)) ♥ Serve it to your favorite guy with cooked rigatoni or any other preferred pasta & a garnish of fresh basil (if using) ♥ Prepare to be showered with compliments!
QUICK TIP: This would be a great meal to make for your special guy on Valentine’s Day! If you’re not a fan of red meat then another option is heart-shaped ravioli stuffed with spinach & cheese (like the one below that I picked up at Pusateri’s today!) with a simple but luxurious sauce made of juicy tomatoes and sweet basil!
♥ These babies are all mine since my husband is not a cheese fan (what a shame!). Luckily, I have other plans for Valentine’s Day dinner. Stay Tuned!