Sweet Italian Sausage Ragu
Serves: Four
  • 1 rib celery
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • 1 pound sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed (optional)
  • Salt and Pepper
  1. Using a box or similar grater, grate the celery, onion, carrot, and garlic.
  2. Put olive oil into a cook pot over a medium heat and when it shimmers, add the grated vegetables.
  3. Sprinkle lightly with salt and cook for about five minutes, stirring to keep them from sticking.
  4. Slit the sausages and remove the meat, adding it to the vegetables, and breaking it up into small pieces.
  5. Add the wine, and stir to combine. Let cook for ten minutes or so while the meat absorbs the wine. Add for wine if it tends to cook dry.
  6. Add the tomato sauce, stir, and cook for another twenty minutes or so.
  7. Taste and add salt and pepper to taste.
  8. If you wish a stronger fennel flavor, toast the fennel seeds until they are aromatic. Grind in a grinder or with mortar and pestle and add to the sauce.
  9. Use immediately on your favorite pasta cooked according to the instructions on the package, or store for use later.
Recipe by Taste Buds at http://tastebuds.bangordailynews.com/2017/10/09/whats-for-supper/a-lovely-sweet-italian-sausage-ragu/