Bolognese alla Nonna

  
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This recipe originated in Lucca, Italy.When I inherited, my Nonnies' "Red Book", her personal cook book, I realized my Italian wasn't as good as I thought. I not only missed my grandmother, I couldn't read her notes that hid the secrets to the dishes she raised me on. This recipe has traveled with my grandmother from Matria Italy to Chicago and now to Florida. My nonnie made this for her great granddaughters, Emily and Carla Nicolella. I hope it is here for mine. It remains a perfectly robust, flavorful, and authentic Italian dish your family will love the way ours have throughout the generations.

After posting this story, my cousin in Lucca posted this family tree.   I am so grateful to now have this!

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Bolognese alla Nonna Recipe

By Dina Nicolella Published: November 30, 2012

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Ready In: 1 hr 45 mins

This recipe originated in Lucca, Italy.When I inherited, my Nonnies' "Red Book", her personal cook book, I realized my Italian wasn't …

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place 3 celery heart stalks chopped
    2 medium onions chopped
    1 small to medium carrot chopped
    1 handful of parsely chopped

    Add olive oil to cover bottom of pan-bring heat to lower-medium
    Place vegetables in a wide bottom stainless steel pan

    Stir often
    step1
  2. You most likely will have to add more oil
    Add salt and pepper generously
    Stir Often

    Cook 'til vegetables begin to soften about 7-10 mins.
    step2
  3. Add Meat mixture of 2 lbs of meat- equal portions of veal, sirloin , and pork. Ground Twice!
    When you add the meat mixture to the cooked vegetables add more oil and then add salt and pepper to taste. STIR OFTEN
    step3
  4. Add 2 generous pcs of butter
    Stir and cook 'til brown
    step4
  5. Allow to brown so the bottom of the pan has a slight crust to it.
    step5
  6. Add 1 large or 2 small cans of crushed tomatoes to meat and vegetable mixture.
    step6
  7. Add 1 can of tomato sauce
    step7
  8. Add 1 can of diluted tomato paste
    Empty paste into bowl or pan and add water to paste and stir
    step8
  9. Add dried porcini mushrooms to water to hydrate
    Chop and add to sauce
    step10
  10. Depending on thickness-
    Add water accordingly.
    I like the starchy salted pasta water at this point
    step10
  11. Add mushrooms
    step11
  12. Add seasoning Salt and Pepper to taste
    Add Crushed Red Pepper
    Begin to add 1/2 of a nutmeg into sauce
    step12
  13. Cover over low heat
    Stir often
    Add water as needed Approx. 1 1/2 hours
    step13
  14. Buon Appetito!
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