Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Sausage Ragu Recipe

My husband loves my sausage ragu sauce. Could also be called meat sauce. (: Recipe follows:

Garlic - 2 cloves chopped
Celery 1 stalk - diced
1 carrot stick - peeled & diced small
1/2 Red Pepper - diced small
Onion - 1 small diced
Small can tomato paste
Large can tomatoes (pureed)
Red Wine
Chicken stock
1 lbs. hamburg
4 hot sausages/2 sweet sausages
salt Pepper nutmeg
Parmesan cheese block & romano cheese block
Thyme & fresh basil leaves cut in strips or chopped

*Sorry, sizes are approximate, I never cook exact, but to taste.

After chopping all vegetables, saute in olive oil. Season with a little salt & pepper. Deglaze pan with some chicken stock. Add Sausages (out of casings) & saute. Add hamburg & saute. Season meat with a few dashes of nutmeg & thyme to taste. Add some red wine (about 1/2 cup) & stir in. Simmer 5-10 minutes. Add Tomato paste (after adding paste, fill can 1/2 way with broth to get it all out), then add large can of pureed tomatoes. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes. Finally, shred parmesan & romano cheese over top & cut basil for color. Put over pasta! Note: Sometimes I add a little hot pepper for some zip!

I like to serve with some thin asparagus, salad & garlic bread. Also great with a glass of red wine! You can put the leftover onions & red pepper from the recipe in the salad. Enjoy~

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