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Rustic Bolognese Sauce

We found the basis for recipe in Bon Appètit several years ago, and loved it the first time we made it, but have continued to tweak it to end up with this final recipe.

Serves 6 - 8

1/4 cup olive oil
2 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
3/4 cup coarsely chopped carrot (not too fine)
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 pound ground veal
1 pound ground pork
1 cup dry red wine
2 bay leaves
2 14-ounce cans beef broth
1 1/2 cups canned tomato purée
Package of wide noodles
Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add bacon; sauté until beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and thyme; sauté 5 minutes. Add veal and pork; sauté until brown and cooked through, breaking up meat with back of fork, about 10 minutes. Add wine and bay leaves. Simmer until liquid is slightly reduced, about 10 minutes. Add broth and tomato puree. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until sauce thickens, stirring often, about 1 hour 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool slightly. Refrigerate uncovered until cold, then cover and keep chilled. Bring to simmer before using.)

Boil noodles in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, stirring often. Drain. Transfer to pot with sauce; toss. Serve with Parmesan.