This very traditional Italian dish will become a wonderful, easy and fulfilling weeknight family dinner.
- extra virgin olive oil - 1/4 cup
- medium yellow onion - 1, finely diced
- medium bell pepper - 1, finely diced
- celery stalks - 3-4, finely diced
- thickly sliced pancetta - 2 slices, finely diced
- ground beef - 1 lb.
- ground pork - 1/4 lb.
- garlic - 2 cloves, minced
- dry red wine - 1 cup
- diced tomatoes - 14 oz. can
- tomato paste - 2 tablespoons
- chicken stock - 3/4 cup
- fresh thyme lives - 1/2 teaspoon
- crushed red pepper - 1/2 teaspoon or to taste
- freshly ground black pepper - to taste
- salt - to taste
- fresh basil leaves - 1/2 cup, chopped
- fettuccine or other pasta - 2 lb, fresh or dried
- freshly grated Parmesan - to taste
- Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large, heavy saucepan. Add the onion, celery, bell pepper and pancetta and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally. Until the vegetables are softened but not browned, about 7- 8 minutes. Transfer the vegetable mixture to a large bowl.
- Heat the remaining olive oil in the same skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground meat and cook, crumbling the meat with a wooden spoon, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the meat has lost its pink color and has started to brown.
- Stir in the garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 more minute. Pour 1 cup of the wine and 3/4 cup of the stock into the skillet and stir to scrape up any browned bits.
- Add the tomatoes, tomato paste and vegetable mixture, stirring until combined. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and cook for 40 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cook for another 10 minutes.
- Add chopped basil leaves and remove from the heat. In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the pasta until al dente.
- Drain well, return to the pot and toss with the sauce. Serve the pasta in deep bowls and do not forget to grate some Parmesan cheese on top.
- celery stalks
- chicken stock
- crushed red pepper
- diced tomatoes
- dry red wine
- extra virgin olive oil
- fettuccine or other pasta
- fresh basil leaves
- fresh thyme lives
- freshly grated Parmesan
- freshly ground black pepper
- ground beef
- ground pork
- medium bell pepper
- medium yellow onion
- thickly sliced pancetta
- tomato paste
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