ferran adria’s bolognese sauce

1/2 cup butter
1 lb ground beef
6 oz pork sausage meat
1 cup onions
finely chopped
2/3 cup celery
finely chopped
1 cup carrots
finely chopped
2 1/2 oz extra-virgin olive oil
1 3/4 lb canned chopped tomatoes
2 tsp tomato paste
1/2 pinch sugar
  • large pan
We decided to make this sauce in order to make use of leftover ingredients in the fridge. We ate some for that night’s dinner, stored some in the fridge for use later in the week (it keeps for 5 days), then packed some up in a food saver bag and threw it in the freezer (keeps for 6 months). We are now one simple overnight defrost and a quick pot of pasta away from an easy and delicious dinner!

Because we are huge fans of lamb, we’ll probably use ground lamb the next time we make it. And to help shave a few calories and reduce some guilt, we’ll use less butter. :)

Adapted from the basic recipes chapter in Ferran Adria’s The Family Meal. The lessons learned in the chapter’s preface is just as valuable as the recipe itself. The preface emphasizes the benefits of cooking base components, such as sauces and stocks, in large freezable quantities. Doing so expands the number of everyday recipes you can quickly make.
Preheat pan over medium-high heat. Melt butter in pan. Add ground beef and brown. Then add sausage meat and brown.
Continue to cook meat together for about 15 minutes until golden brown.
Finely chop onions, celery, and carrots. Soften in a separate pan with olive oil over low heat for about 12 minutes.
Add meat mixture to vegetables and mix well.
Add chopped tomatoes and tomato paste. Season with salt, pepper, and sugar.
Simmer for 1.5 hours until meat is very tender.
source: Ferran Adria