1/8 cup olive oil
2 med onions finely chopped
1/2 cup celery finely chopped
3/4 cups carrots finely chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1 lb Italian sausage or ground beef
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1/2 tablespoon Creole seasoning
1 bay leaf
1 oz) (28 can crushed Italian tomatoes
3 oz) (8 cans tomato sauce
1 oz) (6 can tomato paste
3 cups beef stock
1 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup whole milk or cream
In a large stockpot, heat the oil over medium high heat. Add the onions to the pot and saute until soft, about 3 minutes. Stir the celery, carrots and garlic into the pot and cook until the vegetables are wilted. Add the Italian sausage or ground beef to the vegetables, stirring to mix and break up the meat, and cook until starting to brown and no longer pink. Season the meat with thyme, Italian seasoning & Creole seasoning. Add all remaining ingredients except the milk, lower the heat and simmer uncovered until thickened, about 2 to 3 hours, stirring from time to time.
Immediately prior to serving, add the milk to the sauce and stir well to incorporate.
Serve over cooked pasta, such as spaghetti or linguini.
New York Times - Marcella Hazan’s Recipe
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 tablespoons butter plus 1 tablespoon for tossing the pasta
½ cup chopped onion
⅔ cup chopped celery
⅔ cup chopped carrot
¾ pound ground beef chuck (or you can use 1 part pork to 2 parts beef)
Black pepper, ground fresh from the mill
1 cup whole milk
1 cup dry white wine
1 ½ cups canned imported Italian plum tomatoes, cut up, with their juice
1 ¼ to 1 ½ pounds pasta
Freshly grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese at the table
Put the oil, butter and chopped onion in the pot and turn the heat on to medium. Cook and stir the onion until it has become translucent, then add the chopped celery and carrot. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring vegetables to coat them well.
Add ground beef, a large pinch of salt and a few grindings of pepper. Crumble the meat with a fork, stir well and cook until the beef has lost its raw, red color.
Add milk and let it simmer gently, stirring frequently, until it has bubbled away completely. Add a tiny grating -- about 1/8 teaspoon -- of nutmeg, and stir.
Add the wine, let it simmer until it has evaporated, then add the tomatoes and stir thoroughly to coat all ingredients well. When the tomatoes begin to bubble, turn the heat down so that the sauce cooks at the laziest of simmers, with just an intermittent bubble breaking through to the surface. Cook, uncovered, for 3 hours or more, stirring from time to time. While the sauce is cooking, you are likely to find that it begins to dry out and the fat separates from the meat. To keep it from sticking, add 1/2 cup of water whenever necessary. At the end, however, no water at all must be left and the fat must separate from the sauce. Taste and correct for salt.
Toss with cooked drained pasta, adding the tablespoon of butter, and serve with freshly grated Parmesan on the side.