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Few things are as welcoming as a slow-cooked gravy or ragù. Thankfully, this vin santo-infused version has all the makings of a great meal, one where celery, onions and carrots are sautéed until tender; sausage is browned and crumbled; and reconstituted, dried porcini lend nuance before it's simmered ajar on the stove-top for about 2-1/2 hours. Fresh basil is then added at the end to preserve its brightness and unmistakable, licorice-y flavor.


  • 1 onion
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 1 carrot
  • 500 grams ground meat (mixed beef, veal, pork)
  • 2 sausages (crumbled)
  • 400 grams tomato puree
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 3 slices dried porcini mushrooms (soaked in warm water)
  • 1 cup vin santo (may substitute a sweet dessert wine)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • basil
  • salt (as needed)


  1. Prepare the onion, carrot, and celery and chop them finely.
  2. Place the oil in a terracotta saucepan and add the chopped vegetables.
  3. Cook for a few minutes on medium heat. The vegetables must not brown.
  4. Add the ground meat, the crumbled sausage, and the mushrooms, chopped finely.
  5. Saute on medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon.
  6. As soon as the liquid from the meat has been absorbed, add the Vin Santo and allow it to evaporate completely on medium/high heat, while stirring continuously.
  7. Add the tomato puree and the water, season with salt, and stir well.
  8. Place the saucepan on the small burner with the heat diffuser.
  9. Cover with a lid leaving it slightly ajar and simmer for approximately 2–2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  10. When the ragu is thick, turn off the heat and add a few basil leaves.
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NutritionView more

Sodium44% DV1060mg
Fat58% DV38g
Protein71% DV36g
Carbs7% DV20g
Fiber12% DV3g
Calories630Calories from Fat340
Total Fat38g58%
Saturated Fat12g60%
Trans Fat1.5g
Calories from Fat340
Total Carbohydrate20g7%
Dietary Fiber3g12%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Vickie L. 6 Jun 2015
There are very few pasta dishes in my home that do not have ragu drizzled over the top; so, I was really excited to make this recipe. It completely blew my mind at how tasteful this recipe was over the stuff I buy from the store. It had medium-thickness to it and it was simmering with a true ragu taste; better than any other I have tasted. This has become the replacement for my store bought ragu and has earned itself the ranking of 5 shimmering stars.