Quick Pasta with Ragu
I'm a nut about Food Network. I have the app on my phone and iPad. I visit the website on my computer several times a week and print recipes. And I watch the shows a good bit on the weekend mornings. (Should I admit that it sometimes makes me late for Sunday School??!)
I have a Recipe Box on my apps and website where I save recipes. I think it's very telling that most of my saved recipes are in the "Pasta" category. :) Plus, the word "Quick" in this one got my attention. You know how I love easy recipes!
Today, I thought I'd share Fettuccine with Quick Ragu (click here to see the original recipe). Here's my edited version:
½ onion, quartered
1 stalk celery (I left this out or my family would go on strike)
1 small carrot, quartered
1 clove garlic (I used the jarred, chopped stuff)
½ tsp fresh rosemary (I used dried Italian seasoning)
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound ground beef
1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
½ cup whole milk
12 ounces pasta noodles, I used spaghetti
Put the onion, celery, carrot, garlic and rosemary in food processor and pulse unit finely chopped.
Then sauté the vegetables in the heated oil until softened, about 3-5 minutes.
Add the beef, salt and pepper and cook until no longer pink. In addition to the salt and pepper, I added a bit of my new spice mix from Penzey's.
Once the meat is done, add the tomatoes and milk. The recipe says to add 1 cup of water as well, but I only added about a ½ cup. It also says to add more salt, but I left that out since I'd added a few sprinkles of the Italian dressing mix.
Let the sauce simmer about 20 minutes, and cook noodles while your'e waiting. My sauce turned out looking very different from the photo at Food Network. I don't know why. Mine looked like a creamy vodka sauce.
It was very tasty! But this is the last photo I took since we dove in eating. :)
P.S. If I shared this already, please forgive me. I'm just excited that I got my author copies for The Guy Next Door!