Meat Sauce with Creamy Polenta

Meat Sauce with Creamy Polenta

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This is a super quick hearty weeknight meal. The super quick ragu bolognese meat sauce served over creamy soft polenta... everyone will think you spent hours in the kitchen. 

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Meat Sauce with Creamy Polenta
This is a super quick hearty weeknight meal. The super quick ragu bolognese meat sauce served over creamy soft polenta... everyone will think you spent hours in the kitchen.
Ingredients:
  • Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 lb (500g) ground beef
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) tomato paste
  • 1 - 28oz. (796 mL) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 - 19 oz (540 mL) can white canellini beans
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried thyme
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) dried sage
  • 1 Tbsp (30 mL) dried oregano
  • Hot pepper flakes to taste
  • ¼ cup (60 mL) sweet vermouth (or red wine)
  • 1 cup (250 mL) beef broth
  • Salt & pepper
  • Polenta:
  • 4 cups (1L) milk
  • 3/4 cup (175 mL) instant polenta
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) basil leaves, to serve
Method:
Heat oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is soft. Add the ground beef and continue cooking, (stirring with a wooden spoon to break it up), until browned. Add carrot and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, add the vermouth, and cook for a few minutes. A dd the crushed tomatoes, beans and spices; Increase heat to high and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, uncovered, for 20 to 30 minutes or until sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, bring milk to the boil in a saucepan over high heat. Slowly add the polenta, stirring constantly until combined. Reduce heat to low and cook while stirring, for 4 to 5 minutes or until thick.Remove from heat, and stir in grated parmesan and butter. Serve the meat sauce over the polenta, sprinkle with basil leaves and extra cheese if desired.
Details:
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: serves 4
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