Hello Pasta Loving Friends– We were talking about–“If you had to eat just one ethnic cuisine for the rest of your life, what would you pick?” There were Vietnamese fans (those noodles!) and Chinese (so much variety!), but I was torn between Italian (pasta & gelato, of course) and Mexican (just because that’s what we eat in So Cal).
So for you who love pasta as much as I do, here’s a rich, thick, savory sauce to pour over the top of your favorite angel hair or rigatoni.
And thanks to Suzanne from A Pug in the Kitchen for this recipe — been reading her warm and friendly posts for years…
BEEF & EGGPLANT RAGU
2 tab. olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground sirloin
salt & freshly ground pepper
1 Chinese, eggplant, cut to small pieces
28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 cup red wine
3 bay leaves
1 tsp. finely minced rosemary
16 oz. pasta
garnish: parmesan romano, grated
Heat the olive oil in a soup pot and then add in the chopped onion. When it starts to wilt, add the garlic and cook a minute more.
Then add in the beef, chopping it in the pan with a wooden spoon, until it is all crumbled. Cook until it is browned and then add the eggplant. Cook 4 minutes more.
Pour in the crushed tomatoes, red wine, bay leaves and rosemary. Leave it uncovered on a low simmer or 20 to 30 minutes until the flavors are melded.
While that’s simmering, cook your favorite pasta according to the directions on the package.
Drain the pasta and layer it on a large platter, topped with the ragu. Sprinkle on the parmesan romano and serve it steaming hot.