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Creamy Polenta and Meat Ragu

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Creamy Polenta and Meat Ragu
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Servings: 4
Recipe by: Frankie

Ingredients

Ragu:
1 lb ground beef
8 oz tomato sauce
14.5 oz can of roasted diced tomatoes
1/2 cup diced carrots
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup red wine
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 TBSP dried parsley
1 tsp dried thyme
1 TBSP cooking oil
Polenta:
1 cup cornmeal
3 1/2 cups water
1 tsp salt
2 TBSP unsalted butter
1 cop mozzarella cheese, shredded

Directions

Ragu:

1. Heat oil in a dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add the onions, carrots, salt and thyme and cook stirring occasionally about 5 minutes or until veggies are tender.

2. Add the ground beef and cook while breaking it up in the pan about 3 minutes or until no longer pink.

3. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds or until fragrant. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato sauce and wine. Cover the dutch oven and cook for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.

4. Uncover and stir in the parsley and pepper. Cook uncovered for 20 minutes or until thickened stirring often.

Polenta:

1. Bring the water and salt to a boil in a large saucepan.

2. Reduce heat to low and slowly pour in the cornmeal while stirring.

3. Cook stirring often until polenta becomes thickened, about 20 minutes.

4. Take off the heat and stir in the butter and 1/2 cup of the mozzarella cheese.


Serve the Polenta with the Ragu and sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese on top.




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