About two weeks ago, the air here in Virginia finally got crisp. While we still have our fair share of random, muggy days, fall weather has been surprisingly punctual this year. Dewy mornings, bright afternoons, and that fresh, clean, autumn smell lingering in the air... Hello Fall! It makes me want to drink tea, read Austen, open up all the windows in our apartment, and whip up comfort foods.
Beef Ragu is the queen of easy, comfort foods. It's warm, hearty, and savory, but comes together in just a few minutes. A lot of ragu recipes are essentially chili-mac. Not this one. (And, we've got nothing against chili-mac here, we just don't want our ragu to taste like it.) This recipe has a hearty feel, but retains an old-world, Italian flavor. Thick marina sauce and fresh basil blend with beef broth to refine the taste of typical spaghetti sauce, and give it a richer, deeper undertone. Serve it with red wine, parmesan, and penne pasta, and you'll have a new staple in your autumn menu!Read More