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!
Bolognese alla Nonna Recipe
By November 30, 2012Published:
- 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 …
- 2 lbs. meat Equal portions of ground sirloin, veal, and pork
- 2 medium onion
- 1 medium carrot
- 3 celery heart stalks
- 1 handful parsley
- 5-6 medium garlic cloves
- 1 handful porchini mushrooms
- 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
- You most likely will have to add more oil
Add salt and pepper generously
Cook 'til vegetables begin to soften about 7-10 mins.
- 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
- Add 2 generous pcs of butter
Stir and cook 'til brown
- Allow to brown so the bottom of the pan has a slight crust to it.
- Add 1 large or 2 small cans of crushed tomatoes to meat and vegetable mixture.
- Add 1 can of tomato sauce
- Add 1 can of diluted tomato paste
Empty paste into bowl or pan and add water to paste and stir
- Add dried porcini mushrooms to water to hydrate
Chop and add to sauce
- Depending on thickness-
Add water accordingly.
I like the starchy salted pasta water at this point
- Add mushrooms
- Add seasoning Salt and Pepper to taste
Add Crushed Red Pepper
Begin to add 1/2 of a nutmeg into sauce
- Cover over low heat
Add water as needed Approx. 1 1/2 hours
- Buon Appetito!
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