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 Neapolitan Ragu
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Category: Spaghetti Sauce, Pasta & Rice
Servings: 10 - 12
Total time: 3+ hrs
Level: Easy
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An authentic Italian recipe from our kitchen to yours. Buon Appetito!


- 3 pounds of any one or combination of the following: beef short ribs (cut into individual ribs), our Simple Homemade Italian Sausage recipe, our Braciole in Tomato Sauce recipe, our Meat Balls in Tomato Sauce recipe, baby back ribs (cut into individual ribs), beef stew meat, pork shoulder stew meat

- 1/2 pound of either pork skin (cotiche), cubed fatback or slab pancetta, cubed

- 2 medium onions, diced

- 8 cups tomato puree

- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

- 1 cup red wine

- Salt


1.  If using any of the recipes for the prepared meats (sausage, braciole, meatballs, etc.), follow the recipe(s) to the point just prior to cooking.

2.  In a large stew or stock pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil, onions and garlic. Sweat the mixture for 5 - 7 minutes or just until the onions begin to turn translucent.

3.  Add your choice of meats to the pot and proceed to sauté them to allow them to brown on all sides. If your pot is not large enough, you have a few options. You can brown a batch of meat at a time by putting a part of the meat in the pot, browning it and then removing it to a plate and proceeding to brown another batch. You can also preheat your oven to 425 degrees, place your meat in a roasting pan and roast it for about 30 minutes or until it begins to brown.




4.  Once you have browned your meats, add all of them into the pot along with any drippings from the pan. Then proceed and add the tomato puree, red wine and pork skin, fatback or pancetta.

5.  Bring the sauce to a rolling boil and then lower the heat to low.

6.  Cover the pot and let the sauce barely simmer for at least 2 hours or as much as 6 hours, stirring occasionally to make sure the sauce does not stick to the bottom of the pot.

7.  When the sauce has cooked to your preference, taste and add salt as desired.

8.  To serve, prepare your favorite pasta, plate the meat and serve the sauce over the pasta.