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rich meat sauce

Ligurian tocco di carne sauce is a rich meaty ragù, slow cooked with a chunk of veal or beef (rump roast), bone marrow (or olive oil), butter, white wine, onion, celery, carrots, porcini mushrooms, tomatoes and beef broth. When it's finished, the sauce is strained or blended, and used on pasta or polenta, while the meat cooked in the sauce is sliced or ground into meatballs and served as a secondo, similar to ragù alla napoletana.

You may also see tocco di stufato, which is a similar, but uses a cheaper cut of meat, red wine and rosemary, or tocco di noci (walnut sauce), a thick pasty sauce made with walnuts, prescinseua, garlic, breadcrumbs, parmigiano, olive oil and fresh marjoram.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

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