December 11, 2010

Gift of Time- Sugo Toscano

In today's hectic world, it is overwhelming to me the time people spend working and getting to and from work. I understand how little time is left for cooking and why simple quick food is necessary. I also adore quick and easy, but sometimes we deserve more.

Having the time to make a simple Tuscan Sugo, ragu, is really a treat. The recipe itself is not difficult or time comsuming in the preparation, but a long slow cook is really the secret.

After all the sweets I have been making I was craving something rich and savory. Nothing says that more than a baked lasagna, Tuscan-style made with a bechamel sauce, parmesan cheese and sugo.

I like to make a huge pot of sugo and then eat some as it is on pasta, saving some to make a lasagna.
Today's lunch was penne with sugo  and tomorrow I will bake my lasagna.

There are as many variations on ragu as there are chefs, I even change how I make it with subtle changes each time. How I chop the carrot, onion and celery for the soffritto- using red wine or not- all beef or beef and pork? I could go on and on.

I have the classic recipe for Sugo Toscano on my website ( do look at all the recipes!!!)

Tomorrow I will write-up the lasagna Tuscan style, I adore it.

Both the meat sauce and the lasagna freeze well, so it is a good idea to make a lot that you can just heat up on those days when you don't have time, but deserve a good home-cooked meal.


  1. cathy3:45 AM

    I can't wait to try this and make the lasagna! Thank you for all the recipes... I made Erbe Toscane and am loving it, was getting low and made more... Perhaps someday I'll be able to return to Italy and perhaps see you...

    Take care and thank you for the great blog!

  2. I definitely agree on lasagna being a great freezer dinner. Not to mention that left over lasagnas always taste best, lol! Right before I gave birth to my youngest, I made three different meat sauces, a gallon of tomato sauce and stock on cheeses. This assures me that for the next few weeks, my 3 older kids can have a decent dinner even if Mommy's so busy with baby Karl :)