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Looking for an easy weeknight meal, that packs a punch of flavor.  Bolognese can be served with polenta, garlic mashed potato’s or pasta.


1 lb ground chuck
1/2 lb bulk italian sausage or if in links remove all casings
1/2 cup minced onion
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 cup grated celery
3 Tbsp tomato paste
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1 bay leaf
1 cup dry red wine
1 14.5 oz can crushed tomato
1 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper to taste

Optional as garnish:

Chopped fresh parsley
Grated Parmesan cheese


Brown ground beef and sausage in 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat for 5 minutes.

Add onion, carrots, and celery, tomato paste, garlic and bay leaf. Saute until onions are soften, about 5 minutes.
Deglaze pan with wine; and bring to a boil and simmer until almost evaporated. Stir in tomatoes and cream, and simmer over medium heat 15-20 minutes. Season with salt & pepper to taste.

After cream is added


Garnish with chopped parsley and/or grated parmesan cheese.


About Dish With Clarissa

Clarissa Ellis grew up learning to cook with her mom. In a time where traditional home-cooked food was going out of style, Clarissa learned to love and make those simple 'comfort foods' and family favorites. As she grew - and her mom got busier with long work hours, Clarissa supported her mom by taking over most of the cooking duties around the home. By the time Clarissa started high school - she had absorbed her mother's approach to traditional, homestyle Italian dishes; and thanks to So Cal's great weather year round... a love of cooking on the grill. Fast forward 30 years and Clarissa has never stopped cooking. She continued to explore food, learning more from So Cal's amazing cultural variety, trying things out on her family and her friends... and always learning. Never content to merely cook a good meal, Clarissa developed the habit of talking sharing her ideas with family, friends and coworkers. After a lifetime of learning and experimenting, Clarissa's love affair with traditional Italian cooking, and 'comfort foods' has grown into a robust, creative and cross-cultural approach to cooking that still manages to remain 'accessible' to the rest of us. Now Clarissa brings her experience and her approach online through her blog - giving all of us a chance give ourselves, our friends and our family the benefits of a lifetime of passion and joy in cooking simply great meals.

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