Last night I made another attempt at making a good pasta sauce. However, there is something missing. I hope you guys could tell me what.
cut + fry garlic and onions
Add minced meat
Add wine, reduce
If enough time: add tomatoes, else add passata.
Add tomato paste
Reduce to right thickness
Season and add herbs (my favourites are basil or thyme)
What can I do to add that extra bit of flavor to make the source really worth it?
You first brown the meat. No onions and ESPECIALLY no garlic at this point. They would just burn. The meat needs to really get a crust. You need that roasted meet flavour. When the meat is almost done, season it. Otherwise the meat will still taste bland in the sauce. Just salt, pepper, paprica, herbs and NOW you can add the garlic and onions. Throw in some bay leaves. Then add a bit of wine (the better the wine, the better the sauce).
Now add in any additional shit you want. Olives, dried tomatoes, carrots, whatever. Then comes the passata. Now let this simmer for a good while. I sometimes even add a bit of water at this early stage in order to give the tomatoes a chance to really boil for a while. You want to turn some of that acidity into sweetness.
Thanks for the help. Would it be worth it to start out in a frying pan and to switch to the Dutch oven later to get more colour on the meat?
How much wine should I add? And butter seems like a good idea, too.
Thanks mate, I'll have a look at it. Sounds similar to a friend of mine, who adds cream to his sauce.