I picked up this recipe online one time when we had a LOT of spinach in the house. We have made this a million times and million different ways, ground turkey or ground short ribs instead of ground beef, kale instead of spinach, tomato sauce instead of diced, the recipe is great and pretty flexible and a great way to get more veggies into your meal. A very obvious match for Chianti, especially with the earth of the spinach and the zip of the tomatoes.
– Michael Quinlan
Super Healthy Bolognese Sauce
Yield: serves 4
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 celery sticks, finely chopped
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 teaspoon fine sea salt, divided
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound grass-fed ground beef
1 (32-ounce) can whole tomatoes
3 cups baby spinach, chopped
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, optional, if you like spice
12 ounces spaghetti or 1 cup rice, cooked according to package directions (or baked potatoes or spaghetti squash)
1/2 cup grated parmesan, optional
handful of fresh basil leaves, torn, optional
Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are soft but not brown, about 5 minutes.
Add the beef and cook until lightly browned, stirring frequently while breaking up the meat into bite size pieces, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes (along with their juices), spinach, basil, red pepper flakes, if using, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.
Bring to a simmer and cook uncovered, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon, until the sauce thickens, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta.
Taste the sauce and add more salt and red pepper, if needed. Ladle generously over the pasta and top with Parmesan and fresh basil, if desired.
Pair this dish with Canonica a Cerreto Chianti Classico 2016
The most exciting new addition to the Table & Vine lineup this year! I love Chianti Classico, so I was really thrilled when we found this terrific wine at a great price and still available from the fabulous 2016 vintage. Great fruit and telltale Chianti herbal notes, with a fresh and very easy to like finish. Spectacular with food, especially tomato sauce.
“92 points. The 2016 Chianti Classico is soft, forward and absolutely delicious. Super-ripe red cherry, spice, wild flowers and licorice give the 2016 lovely juiciness and texture. This is an especially forward, ripe style, and yet there is plenty of lift as well as energy to balance things out. I especially like the wine’s immediacy. This is a terrific wine in its peer group.” Antonio Galloni- Vinous.com