CHRISTMAS PASTA

This pasta recipe is festive enough for the holidays, and it feeds a lot of people!

CHRISTMAS PASTA

INGREDIENTS
  1. 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  2. 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  3. 1 whole bay leaf, fresh or dried
  4. 4 ounces chopped pancetta
  5. 8 ounces sweet or hot Italian sausage
  6. 8 ounces ground beef
  7. 8 ounces ground pork
  8. 1 medium carrot, peeled & finely chopped
  9. 1 rib celery, chopped
  10. 1 medium onion, chopped
  11. 1 cup dry red wine
  12. 1 cup beef broth
  13. 2 32-ounce cans crushed tomatoes
  14. 1 handful chopped fresh Italian parsley
  15. 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice or ground cinnamon
  16. kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  17. 32 ounces penne pasta, cooked to al dente
  18. grated Parmesan, for serving (if desired)

INSTRUCTIONS
  • Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the pancetta and brown to render the fat. Transfer the pancetta to paper towels to drain. Add the oil to the pan, and then the meats and brown and crumble them for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic, and pancetta bits.
  • Chop the carrot, celery, and onions near the stove and add to the pot as you work. Cook the vegetables with the meat for 5 minutes and then add the wine. Cook for 1 minute; add the broth and tomatoes to the pot.