Back in February, one of our favorite authors, Sarah Bowen Shea (of Run Like a Mother and now Train Like a Mother fame) tweeted about a Cauliflower and Macaroni and Cheese dish she had made. It sounded so amazing that I had to ask about it, and was directed to The Good Neighbor Cookbook, by Sara Quessenberry and Suzanne Schlosberg. Lucky for us, the authors had posted the Cauliflower Mac recipe on their website, but I wanted more. Since then, a great deal has happened leading to this post (all of it good!), and we are thrilled to announce that we have teamed up with Sara and Suzanne for our first book review and giveaway. (Information on how to enter the giveaway is at the end of this post. And trust me, you want this book.)
It didn't take long for me to figure out what recipe I wanted to try. Believe it or not, I have never made my own sauce, but I have been wanting to for years. I don't know what has prevented me from doing so except for never having come across the "right" recipe, and not having the confidence to wing it. The Good Neighbor Cookbook's Big Batch Bolognese gave me both the confidence and the right recipe. Yes, making sauce from scratch did take longer than opening a jar, but the results were sooooo worth it. I asked my kids their thoughts and with mouths full (sorry about the manners), they enthusiastically replied, "YUMMY!!" Their clean plates confirmed their sentiment. I am definitely looking forward to trying many more of the recipes in this book, and of course, sharing them with my neighbors.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium yellow onions, finely chopped
- 2 medium carrots, finely chopped
- 2 ribs celery, finely chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 tsp kosher salt
- 1 lb ground beef chuck
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 cup whole or low-fat milk
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- Heat the oil in a large pot over med-high heat. Add the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, and 1/2 tsp of the salt and cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are very tender, about 15 minutes (decrease the heat as necessary, to prevent scorching).
- With heat still on med-high, add the beef and pork to the pot and cook, breaking up with a spoon, until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. (It took me closer to 10 minutes.) Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes more.
- Add the wine, milk, 2 cups of water, crushed red pepper, black pepper, bay leaf, nutmeg, and the remaining 1 1/2 tsp salt and bring to a boil.
- Decrease the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened and the flavors have developed, about 30 minutes.
Time: 25 min prep, a little less than 1 hour cooking, (under an hour and a half total, at least 30 minutes of which is just the sauce simmering while you stir occasionally)
Source: The Good Neighbor Cookbook by Sara Quessenberry and Suzanne Schlosberg
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