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"IN THE STYLE OF" GRAHAM


4.08.2013

SLOW COOKER BOLOGNESE SAUCE- CLEAN EATING

ABC News reports that 70 percent of the ground beef purchased in US grocery stores contains “pink slime" or beef trimmings treated with ammonia. Make sure you buy local, organic and grass-fed beef and if you are unsure what is in your ground beef ask your butcher to grind the meat for you and that way you know there will be no fillers (aka: "pink slime", added ammonia) in your meat.
 
I found two fabulous websites that I wanted to share with you, Eat Wild and Local Harvest. Both sites provide local sources, from family farms to farmers' markets for you to purchase sustainably grown food, from produce to grass-fed meats.

 
Slow Cooker Bolognese Sauce- Clean Eating
Adapted from foodnetwork.com
Serves 4
 
1 pound ground sirloin, organic and grass fed
1/2 onion, diced
4 teaspoons minced garlic (4 cloves)
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes (organic with basil)
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup dry red wine (optional)
1 teaspoon Kosher salt 
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound dried whole wheat pasta, such as orecchiette or small shells
 
Note: I make without wine and it is still wonderful. I used whole wheat angel hair pasta; however, small shells would hold up better to this hearty sauce. You also could add another can of crushed tomatoes if you want the meal to stretch further.
 
Add the ground sirloin to a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat...
break up the meat with a wooden spoon, and cook until the meat has lost its pink color and has started to brown (about 5-7 minutes). Once the meat is browned drain the fat...
Rinse the meat using a colander under running water...
Add the meat to the slow cooker and add the chopped onion, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes, crushed tomatoes, nutmeg, red wine if using and 1 teaspoon salt, and 3/4 teaspoon pepper...
 
This is the brand of crushed tomatoes I use, with basil...
Cook on low, about 5-7 hours...
Cook the pasta: Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add a tablespoon of salt and the pasta, and cook according to the directions on the box. I always cook one minute less than recommended for al dente.

When the pasta is cooked, drain and pour into a large serving bowl and top with the sauce.

This is a great recipe to double and freeze leftovers with noodles in individual portion sizes.

My mother went to the Netherlands...


To explore her heritage...
 and the ways of life...
To see the windmills...
and the quaint farms...
To see where my great-grandfather was buried...
and where my grandfather was baptised... 
 
To look out to the sea where he would have played when he was a little boy...
Someday, I hope I can take the same adventure.


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