In my opinion, "The Classic Italian Cookbook" by Marcella Hazan is one of the best cookbooks ever written. It is considered a classic. Written in 1973, many of the recipes are still used today. The first time I made her Meat Sauce, Bolognese Style, I could not believe something so simple could taste so delicious. Long, slow simmering is one of the secrets! So I adapted her recipe for the slow cooker and I believe this version is very close to her masterpiece!
Gluten Modifications: Use brown rice pasta, and a gluten-free crouton for the salad.
- 2 bacon strips
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 cup minced onion
- 1 cup minced carrot
- 1 cup minced celery
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 pound ground beef (80/20)
- 0.25 cup dry white wine
- 1 canned crushed tomatoes (28 ounces)
- 2 bay leaves
- kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 0.25 cup heavy whipping cream
- 0.5 pound spaghetti
- In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat for about 4 minutes, just until almost cooked throughout.
- Remove with a slotted spoon and let cool, then roughly chop.
- Add butter to skillet and melt, then add onion, carrot and celery.
- Cook until softened, about 3 minutes; add garlic and cook 30 seconds.
- Increase heat to medium-high and add ground beef, crumbling with a wooden spoon as it browns.
- When beef is browned, transfer mixture to slow cooker.
- Add wine, tomatoes, bay leaves and reserved bacon, stirring to combine.
- Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
- When ready to serve, remove bay leaves, season with salt and pepper and stir in cream.
- Prepare pasta according to package directions.
- Serve sauce over spaghetti.
- 0.25 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
- 1 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
- 0.5 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- kosher salt
- black pepper
- 6 cups romaine lettuce leaves, torn
- 2 cups croutons
- Combine all of the ingredients except the lettuce and croutons in the bowl of a blender. Puree until completely combined and fairly thick.
- Add lettuce and croutons to a large bowl; pour desired amount of dressing over lettuce; toss and serve.
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