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Slow and easy--long-simmered ragù is the quintessential Tuscan soul food. There are as many ways with ragù as there are cooks. This is ours, learned originally from Giusi, who's made it a thousand times. By now, I think we have, too. On many Saturday mornings, Ed makes a huge pot of ragù--tripling, quadrupling the recipe--and another of tomato sauce. We consider these our natural resources. For lunch, while the pots are still on the stove, we spoon ragù over bruschetta, add some cheese, and run it under the broiler. By afternoon, we're ready to fill several glass containers of different sizes and freeze them. We're then free to pull one out during the workweek. Serve ragù in lasagne or over spaghetti and, as you eat, you know you're participating in a communal rite that's being enacted all over the Italian peninsula.
Pour the olive oil into a 4-quart heavy pot with a lid. Over medium-high heat, brown the meats, breaking up the sausage with a wooden spoon, about 10 minutes. Add the salt, pepper, thyme, and 1 cup of the red wine. After the wine has cooked into the meat, about 10 minutes, add the soffritto, and stir in the tomato paste and tomatoes.
Bring the sauce to a boil, and then lower to a quiet simmer. Partially cover, and continue cooking for 3 hours, stirring now and then. Along the way, add the remaining cup of wine if you think the sauce is too dense.
Saute the ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until they begin to color and turn tender, 5 to 7 minutes.
If you loved Frances Mayes book Under The Tuscun Sun, then you are sure to enjoy this book. It is not so much s book of recipes as it is a book about the stories behind the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara Jones
Met Frances Mayes and her husband at a wine tasting. Lovely people and the recipes are thoroughly doable and delicious.Published 2 months ago by Sarah W.
Great recipes and homey stories and photos. Recommended for any lover of Italian food.Published 2 months ago by Susan Neighbors
Love this one. Her baked pasta with cheese is always a huge hit.Published 3 months ago by Melissa Evans
I think this is a very interesting cook/travel book. Love it. ClairePublished 4 months ago by Claire Edwards
Love, love, love this cookbook - lots of great recipes, plus cooking tips.Published 4 months ago by Mimi Spi