Basic Beef Bolognese
- In 4- to 5-quart Dutch oven cook beef, onions, carrots, celery, and garlic over medium heat for 10 minutes or until browned. Drain fat.
- Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, beer, Italian seasoning, sugar, 1/2 salt, and red pepper. Bring to boiling over medium-high heat; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 30 minutes. Stir in fresh basil and cook, uncovered, 5 minutes more, stirring often. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Divide sauce into 1-cup or 2-cup portions in airtight freezer containers. Let cool 30 minutes before covering. Freeze up to 6 months. Thaw and use to make Smoky Calzones, or other tomato sauce recipes. Makes about 10 cups.
From the Test Kitchen
Thaw in microwave at 30 percent power (medium-low) for 5 to 6 minutes for 1-cup portion or 10 to 12 minutes for 2-cup portion, stirring halfway through.
Substitute ground turkey for the beef or, for a meatless version, omit the meat and cook 2 lb. of sliced mushrooms (about 12 cups) with the veggies in 2 tablespoons hot olive oil for 15 minutes; add remaining ingredients and cook as directed.
Nutrition Facts (Basic Beef Bolognese)
- Per serving:
- 238 kcal cal.,
- 9 g fat
- (3 g sat. fat,
- 1 g polyunsaturated fat,
- 4 g monounsatured fat),
- 57 mg chol.,
- 535 mg sodium,
- 20 g carb.,
- 5 g fiber,
- 8 g sugar,
- 20 g pro.
- Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet