Prep 30 mins
Cook 4 hrs 30 mins
This sauce must cook slowly for several hours to develop its full flavor. The recipe makes a lot of sauce, but it is just as easy to make a lot as a little, and you can freeze any extra successfully.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1 large onion, minced
- 2 carrots, in small dice
- 2 large celery ribs, in small dice
- 1 1⁄2 lbs ground chuck
- 1⁄4 lb prosciutto, minced
- 3⁄4 cup white wine
- 3 cups whole milk
- 1 (28 ounce) can whole canned tomatoes, pureed in a food mill or blender
- 1⁄4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, more to taste
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- In a large skillet, heat the butter and oil over moderately low heat.
- Add the onion, carrot and celery and saute until the vegetables are soft, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add the beef and cook slowly, breaking it up with a fork, until it changes color; do not allow the meat to sear or harden.
- Stir in the prosciutto.
- Add the wine and simmer until most of the wine has evaporated.
- Stir in 1 1/2 cups milk and simmer until the milk is largely absorbed.
- Add the tomatoes, nutmeg and salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover partially and adjust the heat to maintain a bare simmer.
- Cook 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
- During the final 45 minutes, add the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk in 3 batches, allowing each addition to be absorbed before adding more.
- Taste and adjust the seasoning.
This was fantastic. I followed the recipe almost exactly except I used red wine instead of white (since that is what I had on hand), used a little chicken stock (1 cup) and powdered nutmeg instead of fresh. I loved tasting it throughout and seeing how the flavour changed and developed. I froze most of this, as I wanted some quick sauces for the work/school week. Thanks for the recipe!
Loved it! I was fascinated by this recipe, having never made a red sauce with milk, white wine or nutmeg. The mire poix gave the sauce a lovely depth and the prosciutto adds even more flavor. I got concerned when the milk curdled, likely due to the wine, but once the tomatoes were added you couldn't tell. This is a true gourmet dish in my book, thanks kiwidutch!
Well, besides the fact that I didn't have any white wine(had to use red) this was so flavourful. I had company for supper, and it was a hit. I had to give my friend a doggy bag! This was the only recipe I had seen with proscuitto in it. We weren't disappointed. Thanks Mean Chef, I will make this recipe again.