Simple Italian-Style Meat Sauce

From Perfecting Pasta Sauces

Simple Italian-Style Meat Sauce

Why This Recipe Works

For a quick meat sauce recipe that tasted as if it had simmered for a good portion of the day, we discovered a few tricks: Instead of browning the meat, we browned mushrooms to give the sauce browned flavor without drying it out; we used a ...

Why This Recipe Works

For a quick meat sauce recipe that tasted as if it had simmered for a good portion of the day, we discovered a few tricks: Instead of browning the meat, we browned mushrooms to give the sauce browned flavor without drying it out; we used a panade, a mixture of bread and milk, blended into the meat before cooking, to keep it tender; and for good tomato flavor, we added tomato paste to the browned vegetables in our meat sauce recipe and deglazed the pan with a little tomato juice before adding canned tomatoes.

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Perfecting Pasta SaucesSeason 9, Ep. 905

Join us as we fix two flexible pasta toppings: a quick meat sauce with a lush texture and depth that tastes like it’s been simmering all day, and a tomato sauce that’s enriched, not overwhelmed, by cr...