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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.
this is my favorite gift to give people who love good Italian food. The pictures are wonderful, you actually feel like you are in Italy.Published 2 days ago by Geri Bennett
I bought this cookbook as a give for my husband. We both love it. It's the best cookbook I've bought in years. Love the photos and easy recipes!Published 18 days ago by L. Taylor
I wish I could've loved this book. There are few photos & too many excerpts from her other books. I understand that she is presenting the food where she is in Italy, so the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by The Divine Miss L
This past Spring I was in Tuscany for 12 days, of which 4 were at the International Academy of Italian Cuisine, and the food we made and ate were some of the best Italian meals I... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Judy Cohen
Fun to read but the recipes - hmmm -- I guess I need to try more. The one that I made, I really didn't like very much.Published 1 month ago by Yorkie
Real earthy authentic Italian recipes. Have enjoyed several that I've tried. Good accompaniment to the novel Under the Tuscan Sun.Published 1 month ago by G. Johnson