In spite of myself, I’m starting to like Anne Burrell. Perhaps it’s only in contrast to Robert Irvine, her obnoxiously British co-host on (my new favorite show) “Worst Cooks in America,” but she has an odd charisma that sneaks up on me… despite her horrid hair (why?!), and her tendency to gutturally declare the supremacy of “brown food.”
Her recipe for pasta bolognese solidified my feelings of growing respect. It was delicious, rich, and contained a few thoughtful tricks. For the budget minded among you, it was also inexpensive. I was concerned about the looong cooking time but, in fact, found the sauce quite easy to monitor as I went about my afternoon business at home. I did, as she says in the recipe, have to add more water and salt at intervals, but this was no big deal. I did everything exactly as the recipe called for, using ground beef. In the future, I might try and get creative with a few more herbs (fresh oregano might be nice) and a touch more garlic, or try her suggestions for different combinations of ground meat. A note: I halved the recipe, and had at least one meal left over.