The Sauce: Spaghetti Ragu – Rich, chunky meat and tomato sauce with sliced mushrooms, onions, herbs and a splash of apple juice and cider vinegar.
‘Great Sauces Transform Good Food into Gourmet’
Wooing Italian style
Good food brings people together. Lincoln is a food aficionado. He loves to eat good food and tailors his rigorous exercise program to encompass the dishes he loves. So it’s no surprise that when I asked Lincoln and Christi how they met, the story included New Mexico and this fabulous Italian pasta sauce.
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on a regular basis. I can vouch because I’ve dined at their table and exchanged recipe cards with them, the kind that have a splash of tomato sauce on one corner and a thumb print of olive oil on the other.
Is there someone in your life you want to draw closer? This spaghetti sauce could be just the ticket. At a minimum, it’s a meaty, savory dish that’ll bring together family and friends.
Recipe: Bramwell Spaghetti Sauce
Prep Time: 10 Minutes | Cook Time: 80+ Minutes | Yield: 6-7 Cups | Level: Easy
- 1 lb ground beef
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, micro grated
- 8 oz fresh mushrooms, sliced
- 1 28-oz can diced tomatoes
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 1/2 tsp cider vinegar
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp crushed dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 6 oz can tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
Special Equipment – large pot
1 Brown the ground beef in a large pot. Drain fat.
2 Add oil, onion, garlic, mushrooms and sauté until onions are translucent and mushrooms softened.
3 Add tomatoes, stirring to loosen the brown bits on the pan. Add apple juice, vinegar, sugar, salt, basil, oregano and combine. Bring to a boil then reduce and simmer for 1 hour stirring occasionally. The ingredients meld together for a very tasty pasta sauce.
If time permits, simmer for 2 hours. The ingredients break down and begin to concentrate.
If possible, simmer for 3 hours. The sauce becomes a luxurious, rich sauce you would find in a restaurant in Italy.
4 Fifteen minutes before serving, add the tomato paste and parsley. Adjust for salt. Serve over spaghetti or other pasta of choice.
Grate fresh parmigiana-reggiano over the sauce.
Double or triple this sauce. It only takes a couple extra minutes to dice extra onions and slice more mushrooms. Maximize the output of the simmering time yielding enough for a crowd or freezing for later.
Penne, shells, twists or other tube pasta pair well with chunky pasta sauces such as this one.
Serve this pasta dish with a fresh green salad and Italian dressing and Herb Garlic Bread.
- Exchange fresh garlic for 1/8 tsp garlic powder.
- Use button or crimini mushrooms.
Inspiration – Saucy Cuisine Kitchen
Cook with Sauces
Written by Helen Horton
Photographs by Helen Horton
Updated: March 23, 2013