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    Harry's Bar Ragu Bolognese

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    2 hrs 10 mins

    40 mins

    1 hrs 30 mins

    Trinkets's Note:

    This recipe comes from Harry's Bar in Venice, Italy. The ragu can be made with beef or veal, or chicken, duck, turkey, rabbit or lamb. We prefer veal for the more subtle taste. Serve over any pasta.

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    Serves: 6-8



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    1. 1
      Chop the carrot, celery, and onion in a food processor fitted with a steel blade, or by hand.
    2. 2
      Heat half the oil in a skillet, add the chopped vegetables, and saute over medium heat for 10 minutes.
    3. 3
      Tie the fresh herbs together to make a bouquet garni.
    4. 4
      Meanwhile, in a separate large skillet heat the remaining oil over medium heat.
    5. 5
      Add the garlic, let it cook until golden, about 30 seconds, then discard it.
    6. 6
      Add the ground meat, stirring frequently, until it is evenly browned, about 10 minutes.
    7. 7
      Add the tomato paste and the vegetable mixture, stirring until blended, and cook for 2 minutes.
    8. 8
      Stir in the flour and cook for another 2 minutes.
    9. 9
      Raise the heat, add the wine, let it boil until it is almost all evaporated, and stir in the stock, salt and pepper, and bouquet garni, scraping up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan.
    10. 10
      Bring the mixture to a boil, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour, stirring from time to time.
    11. 11
      If the sauce reduces too fast, lower the heat and add a few spoonfuls of stock or water.
    12. 12
      The sauce should not be too thick; it should pour from the spoon when it is done.
    13. 13
      Taste and adjust the seasonings.
    14. 14
      Makes about 6 cups.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on November 23, 2010


      This was really good, but I was craving more punch from it. I did use a lot less oil/salt, since that is the way we prefer it. I also halved the stock, since it would have been too liquidy at one hour. All the ingredients go well together in this.

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    • on April 23, 2007


      Very, very good. Everyone at the dinner table liked it (all Italians). I followed the recipe with the exception of the bouquet garni. I didn't have fresh so I crumbled up about 1/2 t. of dried rosemary. Leftovers were great, too.

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    Nutritional Facts for Harry's Bar Ragu Bolognese

    Serving Size: 1 (245 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 375.3
    Calories from Fat 226
    Total Fat 25.2 g
    Saturated Fat 5.1 g
    Cholesterol 66.7 mg
    Sodium 865.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
    Sugars 6.4 g
    Protein 20.0 g

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    rosemary sprigs

    fresh thyme

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