I couldn't figure out what to make for the after school kids today so I rooted through my freezer for inspiration. I found some chorizo, some Italian sausage and some ground pork. This is the recipe I came up with and much to my surprise, it might be better than my classic bolognese.
I started by sauteing diced onion in olive oil along with about 4 anchovies.
I added diced celery, carrots, peppers and garlic. Then I added all of the meat and cooked it until it was browned.
Then I came up with an idea for something I never did before. I cooked the tomato paste in a cast iron pan until it became a dark red and had a very rich flavor.
I added oregano, rosemary and thyme to it along with salt and pepper. Then I whisked in red wine and cooked it until it thickened. The flavor was sensational. My husband is sampling some as I type and he described it as bowl licking good. He asked if he could have more and I told him no, it's for the kids.
I warmed up frozen sauce from last summer. I added some beef bouillon for extra flavor.
Here is the paste with the wine and herbs added.
Here it is when I added it to the vegetables and meat. What a wonderful color. I am doing this with my pasta sauces from now on.
Mixed it in ...
Then added the warmed tomato sauce and braised it in a 300 degree oven for 2 hours.
I made a gremolata of diced parsley, lemon rind and parmesan cheese.
After 2 hours, the sauce is nice and rich. Oh, for the last 30 minutes of cooking, I threw a cinnamon stick in the pot. Remove it when you take the sauce out of the oven.