Sometimes you just need comfort. The ultimate Netflix & Chill meal... PASTA & SUNDAY GRAVY❤️
I’ll be giving up pasta this Lent so might as well enjoy a hearty bowl beforehand. Will possibly be making some Sunday Gravy this weekend for V-Day for our family and watch Lady & The Tramp. Tell me that doesn’t just sound simply wonderful?!! I know it does. Go ahead and make it this weekend!
This gravy incorporates garlic, onion, carrot, celery, red wine, tomato paste, seasonings and a nice meaty combo of beef chuck and ground pork. Recipe will be up on the blog tomorrow so you’ll be able to grab all you need and make a pot of sauce for the weekend.
1 medium onion
2-3 large carrots, roughly chopped
4 celery ribs, roughly chopped
4 cloves of garlic
Salt & pepper
2 pounds ground beef
1 pound ground pork
2 cups tomato paste
A bottle of good red wine, I prefer Cabernet for this recipe
2 bay leaves, a few sprigs of thyme and small bunch of basil, bundled & tied in cheesecloth
Pasta of choice
In a food processor, puree the first 4 ingredients. In a large dutch oven over medium heat, add about 1/4 cup olive oil and cook pureed veggies until brown and soft. This takes time, so no rush. It's Sunday, after all! Make sure there is no moisture left in the pan and that is when you know you're done. Add the ground beef & pork and cook until brown. Brown is a good color here. Trust. Add the tomato paste and cook with meat and veggies until browned. Again... Take Your Time! Add the red wine to deglaze the bottom of the pot. I'd say almost the entire bottle. I typically pour myself a glass and pour the remainder in the pot. Cook this together until the wine has essentially reduced to under half remaining in. the sauce. This takes more time. Now, I get this step and idea from Anne Burrell, but I'm gonna guess it's been handed down throughout time. You'll add water to above the mixture. I know that seems weird, but it's not. Just go with it. Cook over medium low heat until water evaporates. Add in the bouquet of herbs and continue to stir occasionally until water evaporates. Add more water and do this step again. You should have a nice thick sauce after some time. Taste and adjust with salt & pepper. Enjoy with your favorite pasta!