This Breakfast Bolognese is a really hearty, tomato-based sauce that is good by itself or served over grits (or polenta) for breakfast. It's equally as wonderful tossed in with pasta for dinner. Carve out at least an hour for the sauce to simmer. Don't worry--all it needs from you during that time is the occasional stir. —Mary Catherine Tee
6 to 8
extra virgin olive oil
slices of thick cut bacon, diced
large white onion, diced
ribs of celery, diced
cloves of garlic, minced
fresh rosemary, leaves removed and chopped
can of peeled plum tomatoes
dry white wine
beef Better than Bouillon or 1 beef bouillon cube
In a large dutch oven, heat olive oil over medium heat. When oil is hot, add diced bacon and cook until golden brown.
Once bacon is crisp, add diced onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and rosemary, stirring to coat with oil.
Cook for about 5 minutes, or until onions are slightly translucent and carrots are slightly softened.
If your sausage is in casing, remove the meat from the casing. Throw away the casing.
Add breakfast sausage/meat to the pot with the veggies, breaking apart with a wooden spoon. Cook for 7-8 minutes, stirring, and crumbling frequently, until sausage is cooked through and crumbled,
Add plum tomatoes, tomato paste, bouillon, bay leaves, basil, oregano and maple sugar. Stir, breaking apart the tomatoes with your wooden spoon.
Adjust the heat to low and cover dutch oven/pot. Simmer for 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
When ready to serve, spoon in a shallow bowl. Drizzle with high quality maple syrup and top with a poached egg and grated Parmesan-Reggiano cheese. Serve with charred bread.
To poach an egg, heat a pot of water to a steady simmer (not boiling). Add a couple dashes -about 2 tsp.- white vinegar. Crack a fresh egg into a shallow ramekin, making sure there are no shells and the yolk is in tact. With the handle of a wooden spoon, swirl the water into a whirlpool while simmering. Lower the egg, white first, into the whirlpool. Cook for about 2 minutes. Remove carefully with a slotted spoon onto a paper towel lined plate. Once water has absorbed, serve and enjoy.
I’m an old soul. My favorite Saturday morning activity is watching birds on the feeder while drinking strong, black coffee out of my favorite hand-thrown mug. My favorite place to kill time is in antique stores. The less organized the better. I like full-bodied red wines and bitter IPAs. I live for feeling the warmth of sunshine and hearing the stillness of freshly fallen snow. I can thank my stint in Alaska for that. I have salt water in my veins, having grown up in Eastern NC, and (shhh…don’t tell any of my Mainer friends this about me) I prefer blue crab over lobster.