Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bacony Sausage Lamb Bolognese

Good Lawd! This recipe is NOT for the feignt of heart. Three meats: bacon, spicy Italian sausage, ground lamb. Red wine. How about a Cab? Fabulous savories like tomato, cayenne, marjoram, oregano, garlic, and onion. A healthy dose of fresh parm. Or even mozz. Or both. Why not, right? All over buttery pasta al dente. HWYD and Bacon Adoration founders, Stephen and Andrea Bourne, have hit a home run with this complex, spicy homage to bacon. Read more for the recipe!

Serves 4.


1 package of bacon (about 12 slices)
1 lb. spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
1 lb. ground lamb
1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
1 cup red wine
1 cup tomato sauce
2 cups water
1 cup chopped Roma tomatoes
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
2 cubes beef bouillon
1 packet Goya pork seasoning
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
32 ounces (two packages, any kind) and water for cooking
1/2 cup chopped green onions
Freshly grated parmesan or mozzarella

Cook all of the meats in different pans simultaneously. Season lamb with 1 tablespoon salt. When browned, remove from heat and drain. Remove all but 1/4 cup bacon grease from the bacon pan. Maintain medium high heat. Add onion and cook until golden. Add carrot and garlic until garlic browns, about 2 minutes. Add wine, scraping up bits in pan and cook until reduced by half. Add tomato sauce, water, tomatoes, oregano, marjoram, bouillon, and pork seasoning. Return the cooked lamb and sausage to the sauce. Cook until liquid reduces into a thin sauce, about 35-45 minutes on medium heat. Meanwhile, start the water for the pasta adding 1 teaspoon salt and the butter. While the pasta is boiling, crumble the bacon. Returning to the meat sauce as the liquid evaporates, add the cream. Reduce the heat a bit and thicken sauce. Add the cayenne and black pepper. Remove the pasta when it's al dente and drain. Plate the pasta. Add the meat sauce. Top with cheese, crumbled bacon, and green onions. If you like black olives, feel free to toss those in as well. An excellent gourmet comfort food. Mmmmm.

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