SPAGHETTI WITH MOOSE RAGU
3 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 bunch basil, finely chopped
1 1/2 pounds ground moose
4 hot Italian moose sausages, sliced
1 can whole peeled tomatoes
Crushed red pepper flakes, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 pound spaghetti
Sliced scallions, to garnish
Grated parmesan, to garnish
1. In a large saucepan melt the butter over medium high heat, add the onion and cook until soft. Add the carrot, celery, garlic and half the basil and cook until all the vegetables are soft, about 6 minutes. Add the ground moose and the sliced sausage and cook stirring often until the meat is browned.
2. Add the tomatoes by taking each tomato out of the can and crushing it with your hands before adding it to the pan, then add all the remaining juice from the can. Add a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes and bring the sauce to a simmer. Cover and cook stirring often for 40 minutes, then remove the lid and continue to cook until sauce has thickened, about another 20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
3. Cook pasta according to package directions, reserve 1 cup of pasta water then drain pasta and add to the sauce. Simmer the pasta in the sauce adding reserved pasta water to loosen as necessary. Season to taste with salt and pepper then serve garnished with remaining basil, sliced scallions and grated parmesan cheese.