Serves 6 to 8

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, sliced
1 large onion, diced
2-3 bay leaves, fresh or dried
1 lb ground veal
½ lb ground hot or sweet Italian pork sausage
½ pound ground beef
Kosher salt
½ tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried thyme
1 cup dry red wine
2 oz. pancetta, diced
2 to 3 carrots, diced
2 to 3 stalks celery, diced
1 bulb fennel, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced (optional)
1 tsp dried red chili flakes
2 28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes, preferably San Marzanos
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lb pappardelle pasta, such as Cipriani or Dececco
Freshly ground parmesan cheese, for garnish

Directions

Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium low. Add garlic, cook for 2-3 minutes, making sure it does not burn. (Tip: tilt pan to submerge garlic in hot oil on one side to ensure even cooking.)

Add onion and bay leaves, cooking until onions are translucent, about 8 to 10 minutes.

Add the meat, cook until brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add 1 tsp kosher salt.

Add dried thyme and oregano, mix to combine. Add wine and cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.

In a separate large skillet, heat pancetta over medium high. Cook until most of the fat has rendered, then add the carrots, celery and fennel, cooking until vegetables have softened, about 5 to 7 minutes.

Add sautéed vegetables to soup pot with browned meat, cooking 1 to 2 minutes more. Add the chili flakes, bell pepper and crushed tomatoes.

Cook tomato sauce covered, about 3 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Taste for seasoning, adding more salt and freshly ground black pepper as necessary.

During the last 15 minutes or so for the Bolognese, cook pappardelle pasta according to package directions.

Ladle sauce over cooked pasta noodles in a large serving bowl and toss with tongs to cobmine. Garnish with parmesan cheese and serve.

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