Wednesday, March 6

Bolognese Sauce with Cloves and Cinnamon



I am excited to have another friend guest posting for me today. I met Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious at Mixed last fall. She is so unbelievably sweet and her blog is filled with some of the most delicious food I've ever seen. No exaggeration..... like this Pancetta Mac and Cheese Panini ! Oh crap right? Or these Bacon-Wrapped Chili Cheese Dogs. I just about died when I saw those dogs...And yet again Chung-Ah doesn't disappoint my stomach....



Hi everyone! It's Chung-Ah from Damn Delicious, and I am so thrilled to be guest-posting here for Carrie. She was one of the first blogs that I followed and every time I came to her page, she had me drooling in seconds! I mean have you seen her French Onion Soup Macaroni and Cheese and Samoa Crack Dip?

Amazingness, right?

Well today I share with you my all-time favorite kind of comfort food: homemade bolognese cooked low and slow. It comes together quite easily and makes the house smell amazing while it's cooking. It also yields enough servings to feed a small army so this would go perfectly at your next dinner party or a big family dinner without having to slave away in the kitchen all night long. I'm sure your guests would greatly appreciate a plate of this and be begging for seconds. After all, who can turn down a bowl of pasta filled with a hearty, tender meat sauce with a side of crusty bread and a glass of red wine?




Bolognese Sauce with Cloves and Cinnamon
Yields 8-10 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6-8 cloves
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
  • Cooked spaghetti, for serving
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving 


Directions:
  1. Heat olive oil in a Dutch oven or large pot over medium high heat. Add garlic and saute until the edges are golden, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Season with salt, to taste.
  3. Add beef and cook until browned, about 5-10 minutes, making sure to crumble the beef as it cooks; season with salt, to taste.
  4. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, cinnamon sticks and cloves.
  5. Reduce heat to low; simmer, stirring occasionally, with lid slightly ajar, until sauce has thickened, about 90-120 minutes.
  6. Stir in parsley.
Serve immediately with spaghetti noodles, garnished with Parmesan and parsley, if desired.
 
Be sure to check out Chung-Ah's blog Damn Delicious, also find her on twitter and facebook!

21 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me over, Carrie! I hope we get to see each other soon at the next conference :)

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  2. Oh wow never thought about having cinnamon in my sauce. I must try that out!

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    1. I know me either, I can't wait to try.

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  3. This is going straight onto my "must make" list! My tummy is totally growling now haha

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    1. I know me too. I think I need to make it this weekend.

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  4. OH MY GOD THIS LOOKS SO GOOD. NEVER WOULD HAVE THOUGHT CIN AND CLOVES IN SPAGHETTI.

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  5. Such a great guest post, I love this bolognese sauce!

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    1. Doesn't this look great!? Chung-Ah has given me so many fun dinner ideas.

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  6. We are huge Italian lovers around here and I try not to induldge in pasta often BUT nothing says homecooked (for me) than a delicious bowl of spaghetti. I love your twist on this! Might have to cook up some tomorrow - just in time for (UGH) more darn snow!

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    1. I am so flipping mad at mother nature right now!

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  7. I am so intrigued with the idea of putting cinnamon and cloves in my sauce. This looks amazing!

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  8. This looks good, but I"m not so sure about the cloves.... too much?

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    1. I always say don't knock it until you try it. I bet you'd be pleasantly surprised by this one!

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  9. Love this recipe! Bolognese sauce always has that "somethin' somethin' " that you can't put ypur finger on. Can't wait to try it!

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  10. I was planning on making spaghetti tomorrow so I think I'll try this! Just to mix things up. It sounds really interesting. I'll let you know how it comes out. :)

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  11. I made this and love it! My husband wouldn't have eaten any of it if it had either cloves or cinnamon so I left those out until the end. Then when it was done, I added some powdered cloves and cinnamon into my half and stirred it around. Worked fine!

    Thanks for the great recipe, you two! It was nice to have a little change. :)

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