This hardy meat sauce is often referred to as Ragù, short for Ragù alla Bolognese. A version of it made with meatballs, sausages, and any leftover meat was a staple in our household, served at least one night every week. In parts of Italy, the sauce starts with a battuto, a flavor pack made with minced carrots, celery, onion and salt pork. Once cooked together, it is called soffritto. Mom usually started her "gravy" with slices of salt pork, discarded once rendered. Next she sautéed onion and garlic until transparent and also discarded them. Meats were browned and mostly cooked through, followed by tomato paste, crushed tomatoes and lots of basil. Here's a very simple version we frequently make at home. It's the ultimate comfort food, is really easy to make, and it is simply delicious. We always double the recipe and freeze dinner portions. Italians believe leftover sauce tastes even better than the original. "Italian" just doesn't get any better than this! Remember, PLEASE DO NOT overcook the pasta.