It has been awhile since I have posted one of Jon’s famous recipes. It takes a few tries before we can consider one of Jon’s recipes to be worthy of the famous name. This is one that has fast become a favorite at our house and I hope it will become one of yours as well. It has to be made the day before so it is labor intensive. I warn you if you eat it the same day it is no where near as good or enjoyable. It needs to be simmered on low for hours then to sit and take in all the flavors all night. We usually make enough that it lasts a few nights. Give this a try, be patient and wait a full day, believe me you will love this pasta ragu.

Home made Ragu

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1/4 pound pancetta, finely chopped
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 2 tbsp white wine
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1-2 cups of vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper
  • parmesan cheese (optional)
  • chopped parsley (garnish)

Preparation

  1. Heat the oil and butter in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Add the carrot, celery, onion and pancetta, cook until the onion is soft. Increase the heat and then add the ground beef and saute till until beef is browned. Add the wine and let it cook this it has evaporated.
  2. Lower the heat and add enough milk to cover the ground beef, add tomato paste and nutmeg. Simmer until the milk has reduced by half. Lower the heat, top off with enough broth to cover the meat. Stir cover with a lid and simmer on the lowest setting for about 4 hours.
  3. Transfer the meat to a container and sit in the fridge overnight. This is the most important step, it must sit over night to get the real flavors going.
  4. When ready for dinner the next day, prepare your favorite pasta. We use rigatoni, it is my favorite pasta to use with this recipe. Reheat the sauce, once ready add some sauce to your cooked pasta and toss. Garnish with parmesan and parsley if you would like. ENJOY!!

Jon's Famous Homemade Ragu

Jon's Famous Homemade Ragu

Jon's Famous Homemade Ragu