Pasta Party: Fresh Tomato Sauce with Beef and Lamb

7 Sep

I recently went to visit my family and welcome my newborn niece Claire into the world.  In my estimation, all newborns can do is eat and sleep, so our activities were kept pretty close to the house.  Luckily, my two-year old niece Gia puts on quite the show; singing original songs, dancing on the back porch, etc.  She especially loves helping in the kitchen.

So my brother and I had a homemade pasta-making competition; he would probably disagree, but I was the clear winner.  But he did whip up a delicious meat sauce to cover the strands of fettucine, so he got major points for that.  While the photos I took are mostly of the homemade pasta, the sauce at the end is the money shot.

Prepping the pasta

Someone loves to knead

This recipe is pretty simple and fun to make when you’re just hanging out in the kitchen all day.  If you’re having an ethical dilemma or entertaining vegetarians, you can omit the veal or meat altogether.  But we like it this way.

TOMATO SAUCE WITH BEEF AND LAMB
4lbs. ripe fresh tomatoes
1/4C olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 small onion, chopped
2 sprigs fresh basil, chopped (or more to taste)
1t sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Mix of ground beef, veal and lamb, equaling 1lb.

Cut tomatoes into small pieces and cook in a large pot for 10 minutes over medium heat until tomatoes are soft.  Cool and put through food mill, or blend with immersion blender.  Saute garlic and onion in olive oil until onion is translucent, being careful not to burn the garlic.  Add tomatoes, basil, sugar, salt and pepper.  Cook in a covered pot over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  If sauce is too thick, add a little water.  If it’s too thin, cook a little longer uncovered (or add a tablespoon of tomato paste if you have it).  Once sauce is cooked to your liking, saute meat in a pan until it is mostly cooked, then add to sauce.  Simmer for 45 minutes.

Working the machine

“I want pasta!!!”

As the sauce cooks, prepare the pasta (homemade or otherwise).  You can also do what my mother does, and sneakily dip a piece of bread into the sauce and snack all day long.  She thinks we don’t know about this habit.  But we do.  Mangia!

Ta da!

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4 Responses to “Pasta Party: Fresh Tomato Sauce with Beef and Lamb”

  1. Kate September 7, 2012 at 2:18 PM #

    Looks AMAZING!!! Is making pasta difficult for a newbie??

    • EpicureanKatherine September 7, 2012 at 2:47 PM #

      It does take a little practice, as you sort of have to get a feel for the dough consistency. For example, I added WAY more water than the recipe called for, and the dough turned out perfect. Also, you have to have patience when kneading! It takes some time. Finally, I suggest doing it in a LARGE space (like on a big table or island), since the cut strands will stick together unless you hang them or spread them out.

  2. Morgan Thompson September 7, 2012 at 2:50 PM #

    I love making fresh pasta at home. That’s a sauce I’m going to have to try. Looks simple and delicious!

  3. Zia Ria September 8, 2012 at 6:45 PM #

    Vince Bommarito called…..saw the picture……wants to add this to “Tony’s” menu….told him it would cost him….negotiations continue……

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