Celery and Tomato Meat Sauce
I have been trying to figure this out, for year, with no success. In a recipe, I see the word, celery and I am about to remove it from the picture. Often, I leave it in for the crunch and then love it, in every bite. Yet, I repeat this scenario again and again. Can any of you relate to this?
Celery & Tomato Meat Sauce - M. Hazan
Recipe By :Marcella Cucina by Marcella Hazan (adapted)
1 pound chopped beef, turkey or chicken (I used turkey.)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery stalks
1 cup chopped celery leaves
2 cups Canned imported Italian plum tomatoes, cut up (I had a container of tomato sauce that I had made that was relatively plain so I used that instead of the canned tomatoes.)
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound **Pasta
salt and pepper to taste
Brown the chopped meat, moving it around, in a large skillet. Drain the fat.
Add the chopped onion to 1 tablespoon olive oil in a medium saucepan and turn the heat to medium.
Cook, stirring from time to time until the onion becomes a pale gold color. Add the celery stalks & leaves and cook for abut 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
Add the tomato sauce to the cooked vegetables. Season to your own liking with salt and pepper.
Lower the heat to low or medium low and cook at a partial simmer for about 15 or 20 minutes.
Add chopped meat to sauce.
Cook and drain the pasta and toss it immediately and thoroughly with the sauce.
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