Sunday, February 20, 2011

An Italian Side to Everything

Hello, hello all my great people! Today, we are taking a step into the Italian world of cooking. I know... you all are thinking: "But I'm not Italian! I know nothing of Italian food..." Well, we are going to keep this meal sweet and simple for you.
This dish is from a booklet that my sister had hidden away from the world, for her own delight. I managed to smuggle this beauty way from her so you can enjoy it as well. It's called Tortelloni Bolognese. Yes, you can find this dish at your local Olive Garden most of the time. So, let's do some background history.
Tortelloni is a stuffed pasta, originating from Bologna, North Italy. Most tortelloni is found mainly during the Christmas season, and is a staple on Christmas menus. The exact origin of tortelloni is fuzzy. There have been a few different tales of it's first appearance. Now, onto our cooking!

Tortelloni Bolognese

For this recipe, you will need the following:

  • 2 pounds Tortelloni
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 3 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 8 ounces ground beef
  • 6 ounces Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 2.5 (2 in a half) cups Plum tomatoes, copped and crushed
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sage, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

NOTE: I know it looks like a lot of ingredients and probably expensive, but honestly, the most expensive thing on this ingredients list is Italian sausage.

  1. Heat oil in a large sauce pan over medium heat
  2. Add celery,  carrot, onion, and garlic into sauce pan and cook gently for 5 minutes or until they are translucent 
  3. Add beef and sausage to the mixture
  4. Using a spatula, break up your meats into small pieces and cook over medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  5. Add wine and stir to de-glaze pan; reduce until wine has evaporated
  6. Add tomatoes and remaining ingredients. Simmer slowly for 1 hour (usually a medium/low heat)
  7. Cook tortelloni according to package directions and drain
  8. Toss hot pasta into the sauce and top with Parmesan cheese; Serve immediately.

There you have it. An Italian dish made easy. Everyone have a great day (and dinner)! See you all tomorrow. Oh, if you all have any suggestions that you would like to hear in my blog, leave a comment below telling me what you would like for me to share.