Some of the best classics take hours to simmer, relegating them to Sunday afternoons. But here’s a secret: You don’t need hours to make a delicious bolognese. You just need a handful of quality ingredients and the right pot.
You could just use ground beef, but I think the key to extra flavor is a trifecta of ground meat: pork, veal, and beef. And a nice, big pot to hold it all. I like cast iron, because they retain heat and look pretty (read: you don’t have to stuff it into some cabinet when you’re not using it!).
So, today I’m going to give you the recipe for my version of bolognese and a chance to win the cast iron pot I cook it in.
Sometimes you come home from work and you’re like I just cannot possibly do anything right now. But you’re being responsible and not spending all of your money on seamless, so you make some pasta. But stop right there. Don’t you dare dump a jar of pasta sauce on that spaghetti.
This sauce is way too easy to skip over. And it has a nice little helping of red wine in it. And you know what that means… wine with a side of pasta for dinner!
Actual tomatoes add freshness, a tiny bit of canned sauce adds depth without the time commitment. And wine… did I mention there’s wine? Good compromise.
So life handed me some major lemons last night. And not just the edible variety. After I ate a delicious dinner of lemon linguine with ricotta and cherry tomatoes, I was scrolling through my beloved Instagram account, @literallyallthefood—the reason for starting this website—when suddenly I was logged out.
And I wasn’t just logged out. I was user not found logged out.
So that’s where we are right now. My Instagram account was hacked…or accidentally disabled…or I don’t know what. But I can’t access it right now—and I’m not entirely sure I’ll ever be able to access it again. I set up a new account (just in case), but for now I’m going to cross my fingers and take a mini Instagram hiatus while I see who I might possibly be able to contact to get it fixed. (Yes, I tried Instagram’s help page…It’s not helpful. The form doesn’t work.)
I’ll be crying between bites, but at least what I’m eating is seriously delish. Stay tuned.
Update: My account has been reactivated. I am embarrassingly happy.