Checking the pantry and freezer, I found I had all of the ingredients for this sauce, including a very nice medium zucchini for spiralizing. I also had a pound of ground veal which I had not put in the freezer since I bought it two days before. You can use beef or whatever…
Weeknight Bolognese Sauce
2 teaspoons olive oil
½ cup onion, finely diced
½ cup carrots, finely diced
½ cup celery, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound ground veal
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
½ teaspoon dried basil
½ teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
2 Tablespoons white wine
¼ cup milk
1 14.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes
2 Tablespoons tomato paste
1 pinch baking soda
Zucchini noodles or the pasta of your choice
Romano or Parmesan cheese for serving
1. In a large sauté pan, heat the oil over medium high heat.
2. Add the onions, carrots and celery to the pan and sauté until softened stirring often, about 4-5 minutes.
3. Add garlic and sauté stirring often until fragrant, around 1 minute.
4. Add the ground veal and sauté using wooden spoon to break up the meat as it cooks until the veal is fully browned, around 5 minutes.
5. Add salt, crushed red pepper, dried basil, dried Italian seasoning, wine, milk, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and baking soda and stir until well combined.
6. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to medium.
7. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes stirring periodically.
8. Serve immediately over zucchini noodles or pasta with a sprinkle of Romano or Parmesan cheese.
We are back! Sorry for being a little late, but we were in Mexico City for a short visit last week. We stayed in the Condesa area which had been damaged by the earthquake. The B and B was not damaged, but two buildings nearby collapsed and others sustained major damage. Restaurant and museums were closed until this past Sunday, including the world famous Ballet Folklorico at the magnificent Bellas Artes theater. Yellow tape prevailed on many streets with red tape where buildings were unable to be lived in. Everywhere though, the neighbors were pitching in to help each other. It was wonderful to see so many young people pitching in!!! So now I am back in Progreso. My husband is in Canada and I am free to bake (normally he does it all). So here goes one of my favourites. LOL…I believe this was one of his grandmother’s favourite plates…
World’s Greatest Peanut Butter Cookies
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter (I only use JIFF crunchy)
1 1/3 cups packed light-brown sugar (i would recommend cutting back)
1 large egg, beaten
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Lightly coat a cookie sheet with cooking spray.
Mix flour and baking soda in a small bowl; set aside.
With a spoon, mix butter, peanut butter and brown sugar in a medium bowl until smooth.
Add egg and vanilla; beat until smooth.
Add flour mixture and stir until combined.
Cover dough and refrigerate for 20-30 minutes.
Roll dough into 1-inch balls and bake for 8-10 minutes. (8 was adequate in our oven)
Remove from oven and let stand for 10 minutes; allow to cool in the refrigerator for another 20-30 minutes.