Notes from the Test Kitchen:
What kind of pasta should you use, you ask? ANY! This sauce is super scrumptious any which way you serve it!
celery (finely chopped)
butter or margarine
lean ground beef
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can beef consomme
dry white wine
can italian style crushed tomatoes
1 to 1 1/2
red pepper flakes
milk. 2% or whole, not skim
pasta of choice
In a Dutch Oven or Medium Size Pot, heat butter and olive oil over medium heat until butter begins to froth
Add onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and bacon. Cook until onions are translucent (about 8 to 10 minutes)
Remove bacon and remove fat.
Chop lean portions of bacon in small pieces and return to pot.
Add Ground beef and ground Pork, and cook until meat loses red, raw color.
Raise heat and add wine and consomme.
Cook sauce until wine and consomme are mostly evaporated
Turn heat down to simmer and add oregano, salt, pepper, sage, red pepper flakes, and nutmeg. Let cook for approximately 20 minutes. (Side note: If you use fresh Parmesan, and have a parmesan rind left over, you can add it to the sauce in place of the salt in this recipe. Add it in after you have added the tomatoes and it's simmering, then remove before adding the milk. Makes the sauce extra delicious in my opinion.)
Add crushed tomatoes and bring to a boil. Once the mixture comes to a boil, return to simmer
Let sauce simmer (very slowly) partially covered for about 2 to 4 hours (the longer the better), stirring occasionally to prevent sticking
About 5 to 10 minutes before serving, add milk
Sauce can now be added to cooked Penne Pasta, Spaghetti or many other Pastas to your liking. Remaining sauce may be frozen for up to two months for future use.