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Veal and Cremini Mushroom Ragu

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Veal and Cremini Mushroom Ragu
by James Belardo

The most identifiable and typical ragù may be Bolognese Ragù but they’re not the only game in town. The region surrounding Bologna have many variations. There’s also a distiction between the northern style (Bolognese) and southern (Napoletane). The northern style typically uses chopped or ground meat which is cooked with a sautéed soffritto. Usual meats used are beef, veal, pork and chicken but some even use lamb, duck, goose, mutton or various game. There are many versions that don’t include tomatoes making it more of a stew. In the southern versions, it’s typical to use larger chunks of meat and braise them. This braising procedure his has led to the translated term ‘gravy,’ which many Italian Americans argue about whether it’s a sauce or a gravy. Since our nonna called it gravy, we’re sticking with that.

By using ground veal along with sweet bell peppers we consider this recipe a marriage between northern and southern styles. The veal and sweet peppers compliment each other splendidly giving this Ragù a naturally balanced savory and sweet flavor. Ground veal and cremini mushrooms give this Ragu it’s own personality which can be described as tender and sweet.  

Ingredients
2-3 lb ground veal (or ground beef)
1/8 lb pancetta, diced
1 small onion, cut
2-3 cloves garlic, diced
2-3 bay leaves
1 – 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
1 cup white wine (dry, pint grigio)
1 28 oz can of plum tomatoes, hand crushed
1 8 oz can of tomato paste
olive oil
1 cup Chicken stock (try our homemade version)
Fresh Basil
1/2 lemon juiced
Salt and Pepper – to taste
Peperoncino Fiocchi (hot pepper flakes) – optional
1 – 2 cups water – if needed

Pasta
Rigatoni
Pappardelle
Tagliatelle
Penne

Directions
1. In a medium sized dutch oven or sauce pot fry the pancetta along with 1-2 tbsp olive oil.
#Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - fry pancetta in olive oil

2. Once the pancetta has browned add the onions, garlic and optional hot pepper flakes.
#Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - toss in onions, garlic and hot pepper flakes

3. When the onions begin to show signs of transparency and the garlic is softened, add the ground veal. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
#Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add the ground veal #Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - as the veal cooks season with some salt and pepper

4. Add one cup of white wine and the bay leaves, let it come to a simmer.
#Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - add 1c white #wine #Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - and a couple of bay leaves

5. Add one cup of chicken stock and let it return to a simmer.
#Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - 1c chicken stock

6. Add the cremini mushrooms and let cook for about 10-15 minutes.
#Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - and then the mushrooms

7. Add the hand-crushed tomatoes and tomato paste (add water in needed, it will help with the consistency).
#Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - followed by the tomato sauce (and paste)

8. Season with fresh basil, salt and pepper.
#Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - after 20 min add basil, salt and pepper

9. Add the lemon juice and a ladle of pasta water. If it’s too thick you can add 1 or 2 cups of water and let it cook until it reaches the consistency you like.
#Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - finally some lemon juice #Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio -

10. Top with  grated Pecorino Romano cheese.
#Tomato #Cremini #Mushroom #Veal #Ragu #Homemade #CucinaDelloZio - with rigatoni and some pecorino Romano

Enjoy

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Written by Zio James

December 18, 2017 at 6:48 PM

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