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  • 18 Ratings

This rich and homey meat sauce is the ultimate winter comfort food. Our spin is worth making it again and again.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Recipe Summary

1 hr
4 hrs 15 mins
8 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • In a 4-quart Dutch oven or deep skillet heat butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Add pancetta; cook and stir until just starting to brown, about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion. Cook and stir until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add carrot and fennel. Cook 2 minutes more.

  • Add the beef and pork to the Dutch oven. Season with salt and pepper. Using a fork, break up the meat (you want to retain some larger pieces for texture). Cook until browned. Add the wine. Using a wooden spoon, scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Simmer, uncovered, until the wine has evaporated, about 40 minutes.

  • Add the milk and nutmeg. Simmer, uncovered, until the milk has evaporated, about 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Once the milk has evaporated, add the tomatoes; stir to combine. When the tomatoes just start to bubble, reduce heat to low and add the Parmesan rind. Cook, uncovered, 2 1/2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally. As the sauce cooks, liquid will evaporate and the sauce will start to look dry. Add 1/2 cup water at a time (2 to 3 cups water total) and continue to simmer as liquid evaporates. Serve over hot cooked pasta.


Transfer mixture to an airtight storage container. Cover and chill up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.


Save the fennel bulb for another use.

Nutrition Facts

408 calories; fat 28g; cholesterol 94mg; saturated fat 11g; carbohydrates 8g; mono fat 12g; poly fat 2g; trans fatty acid 1g; insoluble fiber 2g; sugars 5g; protein 23g; vitamin a 2158.1IU; vitamin c 10.8mg; thiamin 0.6mg; riboflavin 0.3mg; niacin equivalents 6.3mg; vitamin b6 0.6mg; folate 19.8mcg; vitamin b12 2mcg; sodium 444mg; potassium 575mg; calcium 90mg; iron 2.4mg.