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Olive Garden Spaghetti With Meat Sauce

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Olive Garden Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
2012-06-19 Other
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Authentic spaghetti with meat sauce at its best!


¼ cup Extra-virgin Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
2 Tbsp Bacon Fat
¼ cup Carrots, cut into ¼" dice
¼ cup Celery, cut into ¼" dice
¾ cup Yellow Onions, cut into ¼" dice
2 cloves Garlic, micro-planed
½ lb Wild or White Mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed and roughly chopped
1 lb Ground Beef Chuck
½ tsp Kosher or Sea Salt
1 Tbsp Freshly Ground Black Pepper or, to taste
½ cup Red Wine
1× 28 oz can Italian Plum Tomatoes (preferably San Marzano)and Their Juices, roughly crushed by hand
¼ cup Flat-leaf Italian Parsley, roughly chopped
8 Fresh Basil Leaves, roughly chopped
1 lb Pasta of Your Choice, i chose fusilli; olive garden uses spaghetti
¼ cup Freshly Grated Pecorino Romano


1. In a 3 quart saucepan heat oil, butter, and bacon grease over medium heat.

2. Add the diced carrots, diced celery, diced onions, and garlic; sauté for 3 minutes. Add the chopped mushrooms and continue sautéing for an additional minute.

3. Add the ground beef, salt and pepper and cook, stirring constantly to crumble the beef, until the beef is no longer pink. Add wine and simmer until the wine is evaporated.

4. Add the crushed tomatoes and their juice, the chopped parsley and the chopped basil; reduce the heat to simmer and simmer slowly, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours partially covered. It is very important that you to reduce this sauce as slowly as possible. Check the sauce occasionally and if the sauce becomes dry, add 1/2 cup water whenever necessary.

5. When the Bolognese Sauce is almost ready to serve, bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil in a large pasta pot over high heat. Add your favourite pasta and cook it until it is al dente (tender but still firm to the bite), 10 to 12 minutes. Drain reserving 1 cup of the cooking water. Return the empty pot to the stove, reduce the heat to medium low and return the pasta to the pot, add your sauce to the pasta and toss to combine.

6. Either Transfer to a serving bowl to serve family style or divide the sauced pasta amongst serving plates and serve immediately garnished with some chiffonade basil, topped with freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese and accompanied by crusty French or Italian bread and extra Pecorino Romano cheese.

Helpful Tips:

Its real name is Spaghetti alla Bolognese and Olive Garden makes it pretty good but you can make it better with this recipe at home.