Bolognese Sauce

1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
45 ml olive oil
30 ml unsalted butter
250 g ground beef
250 g ground pork
250 ml white wine
250 ml milk
750 ml tomato purée
salt
5 fresh basil leaves

Note: if you are using the bolognese sauce for lasagna, increase the tomato purée to 5 cups and add 1 cup water.

Sauté the onions, celery & carrot in the olive oil. You should use the food processor to chop the vegetables. Brown the vegetables so the flavors become sweet and intense.

Add the butter along with both meat. Cook over medium to high heat until the meat is browned. Stir in the wine and cook until it's evaporated. Add the milk, which will give a slightly creamy texture and soften the meat as well. Add the tomato purée and salt, and simmer over low heat for a few hours, stirring occasionally. When the sauce is finished, tear up some basil leaves to add to it.

Adapted from David Rocco

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