I had some ground beef, red wine and
roasted peppers at hand. What should I do? The obvious answer was to make a
delicious pasta sauce. I wanted a quick recipe that doesn’t require many hours
of simmering yet still deliver robust flavor. So, inspired by my Bolognese
recipe, I used the red wine to add flavor to the Beef. I boiled it and let it
evaporate so that the beef retains that subtle wine taste that truly adds depth
of flavor but without too much alcohol. I then stirred in the roasted
sweet peppers and fresh chopped/diced tomatoes plus some dried herbs and, wow,
the result is a very delicious sauce that tastes like it was slow-cooked for
hours but actually is not. Enjoy this easy and yummy pasta sauce over your
3 strips of Bacon or Pancetta,
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 lb ground Beef
3 Garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup Red Wine
3 Roma/Plum Tomatoes, diced or chopped with a food processor
3 large roasted Italian Sweet Red Peppers, sliced into thin strips*
1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons, dried Thyme or Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper (to taste)
A sprinkling of Brown Sugar (optional – to enhance flavor)
1 lb Penne Pasta (or your favorite noodles)
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese to pass around
*To learn how to roast sweet peppers, please click here.
the bacon and a little olive oil in a deep pan on medium heat. Cook until the
bacon renders its fat. Once the bacon has browned a bit and has released some of its fat, crumble the ground beef in. Cook the ground beef until it changes its color.
Add the garlic and
onions and saute until onions start to soften, roughly 3-4 minutes.
Pour in the red
wine. Let the wine boil until it has evaporated.
Stir in the chopped tomatoes, roasted peppers and the Thyme or Italian seasoning.
Season with salt and pepper. Simmer on low for 20-30 minutes. Adjust the seasoning, if necessary. You may sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar to enhance the flavor (optional).
Cook the pasta according to package directions while the sauce is simmering.
Serve the sauce with the pasta of
your choice. Sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top, if desired.
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