Thought it was time to share a ricetta di famiglia - hope you enjoy
  1. For 4 persons - 1 celery, 2 carrots, 2 small onions or 1 large, 1 clove of garlic, 250g ground beef (8-12% fat), olive oil, salted butter, 1 can of skinned tomatoes, 1 small can of tomato paste, 1/2 cube of beef bouillon, red wine, fresh basil, marjoram, salt, pepper, spaghetti
  2. Wash the celery
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  3. Slice it in half
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  4. Chop it
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  5. Peel the onions - I prefer to use organic onions
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  6. Chop
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  7. Peel and wash the carrots - again I prefer organic carrots as they taste sweeter
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  8. Slice in half
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  9. Chop
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  10. Put olive oil in a saucepan- I never measure but I think 1 or 2 tablespoons is enough
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  11. Add salted butter to the oil in the saucepan- 2 teaspoons is enough
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  13. Saute the vegetables until the onions are clear
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  14. Add the meat
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  15. Add half a glass of red wine when the meat has been browned. Turn down to medium heat. Put a lid on the saucepan and let the wine evaporate. Stir often.
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  16. Blend the tomatos - I prefer to use skinned organic tomatos for a sauce like this
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  18. Add the tomatos when the wine has evaporated
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  19. Add the garlic
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  20. Cut the cube of beef boullion as you add it to the sauce
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  21. Add the tomato paste- you can add a bit of sugar if the tomatos makes the sauce taste a bit sour
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  22. Add grounded pepper- use the spoon to keep track of how much pepper you put in
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  23. Add a small handful of salt
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  24. Tear up the fresh basil and put it in the sauce
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  25. Add a small handful of marjoram and let the sauce cook on low heat
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  26. Add 1 tablespoon of coarse salt to the boiling water
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  27. Add the spaghetti - I prefer the brand "Barilla" Cook until they are al'dente or as I prefer, a minute more than that
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  28. Taste the sauce to make sure it tastes good, and more of the spices mentioned above if needed.
  29. Put the spaghetti in a colander for a minute.
  30. Put some sauce on a plate, add the spaghetti and top off with some freshly grated parmesan cheese
  31. Buon appetito
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