Veal Ragu with Campanelle

This recipe tastes like a meeting of Osso Buco and Lasagna Bolognese, yet it's made on the stovetop. Campanelle is a ruffled pasta that resembles small lasagna noodles. I find this cut in imported brands, such as Barilla. If you cannot find campanelle, any curled short pasta or rigatoni pasta may be substituted.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 25 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 15 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan

1 1/4 pounds ground veal

1 carrot, chopped

1 onion, chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

1 bay leaf, fresh or dried

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup white wine

1/2 cup beef, chicken or vegetable broth

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

12 to 15 leaves fresh basil, torn or shredded, plus extra for garnish

1 pound campanelle pasta, curly small lasagna shapes, cooked to al dente

Grated Parmigiano, plus 1/2 cup plus some for passing at the table

Directions

  1. Heat a large deep skillet over medium high heat. Add oil and veal and brown for 2 or 3 minutes. Add carrot, onion, garlic and bay, season with salt and pepper, then cook mixture 4 or 5 minutes more, stirring frequently, to soften veggies and combine flavors. Deglaze the pan with 1/2 cup white wine, scraping up all the good bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook the alcohol out of the wine, 1 or 2 minutes. Add broth to the skillet and reduce heat to medium low. Stir in tomatoes and bring sauce to a bubble. Simmer sauce until ready to serve. Add torn basil and wilt the leaves into the hot sauce. Remove bay leaf from the sauce. Toss hot cooked pasta with 1/2 cup, a couple of handfuls, grated cheese. Combine hot pasta and cheese with the veal ragu in a large serving bowl or platter. Serve with extra cheese for topping. Garnish platter with additional basil tops.