This meaty sauce is great ladled over any kind of pasta, and leftovers freeze well.
2 ounces pancetta, chopped
1 pound ground sirloin (90% lean)
12 ounces lean ground pork
1 (4-ounce) hot turkey Italian sausage link, casing removed
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 1/3 cups diced onion
2/3 cup diced carrot
2/3 cup diced celery
1/4 cup unsalted tomato paste
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
1 (15-ounce) can unsalted crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt, divided
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 bay leaf
How to Make It
Place pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat; cook 4 minutes or until beginning to brown, stirring occasionally. Add sirloin; cook 3 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Place sirloin mixture in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add ground pork and sausage; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add pork mixture to slow cooker.
Return skillet to medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl to coat. Add onion, carrot, and celery; sauté 4 minutes. Add tomato paste and garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add wine; bring to a boil. Cook 2 minutes or until wine mostly evaporates, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add stock, tomatoes, 3/4 teaspoon salt, pepper, and bay leaf; bring to a boil. Carefully pour stock mixture into slow cooker; cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Discard bay leaf. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt.
Made this today with four links of Italian sausage because my grocer didn't have ground pork. It has wonderful flavor and plenty of leftovers. It received rave reviews and is a "keeper." I served it with Parmesan crusted bread to "sop" up the juice. Yummy!
Great flavor, very easy to make. Definitely needs the time in the slow cooker to meld the flavors together. I used hot Italian pork sausage, omitted the wine and served it over linguine. Would definitely make again!
This recipe is easy to follow, and the flavor was great. I didn't find no-salt tomato paste, so I only added a pinch of salt. I had to substitute petite diced tomatoes, because I didn't find a 15-ounce can of crushed tomatoes. I only used 4 cloves of garlic, because that's all I had (I forgot to buy garlic). Even with those subs, the flavors are great. Would definitely make this again.
Followed this recipe exactly as written and it was outstanding! Used tagliatelle pasta and added a sprinkle of parmesan to taste...my husband couldn't stop raving about how delicious it was, and it was even better the second day! This recipe is highly recommend and easy enough to throw together on a weekend morning and left to cook while out running errands.