Today I am excited to bring you an authentic Italian recipe. Ginny from Cooking with Chopin, Living with Elmo contacted me about participating in a blogging book tour for a new cookbook called “A Family Farm in Tuscany” I love Italy (even though I have never been), so I was excited to see what this book was all about.
This is not just your ordinary cookbook. It is full of all sorts of family recipes straight from Sarah Fioroni, and her family. But is also full of so many wonderful stories, and background about life on their farm, and life in Italy. You get a true sense of how important food and family is to them. Plus there is a lot of talk about wine, which is never bad.
I picked your basic meat sauce to make first. I have a meat sauce that I make, but I know it isn’t authentic, so I wanted to try this out. It is wonderful. The quality of tomatoes make a big difference in the sauce. This is great to eat straight with pasta, or would be delicious in a lasagna. I can’t wait to try out some of the other recipes in this book. Fresh bread, fresh pasta, risotto, panna cotta…there really is a little bit of everything.
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large carrot, peeled and finely chopped
- 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
- 1 small red onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 pound lean ground beef
- 3 cups tomato sauce (preferably San Marzano tomatoes)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 pound spaghetti, cooked according to the package directions
- basil leaves for garnish
- Parmesan cheese, optional
- In a large pot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion, and garlic. Cook until lightly browned, 10-15 minutes. Add the ground beef, stirring to break into clumps. Brown the meat lightly, about 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes and salt, stir until well combined. Cook for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat, and toss with the cooked spaghetti. Top with Parmesan cheese and basil if desired.
Be sure to check out what else is going on in the Blogging Book Tour