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This was a complete experiment last night, which I made for a family dinner and everyone said it was delicious !
Time: Approx. 1 1/2 hours
1 lb lean ground beef
2 shallots, coarsely chopped (or 1 medium onion)
3 carrots, diced small
3 celery stalks, diced small
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup milk
1 plus 1/2 cup Italian tomato sauce (unsalted, unspiced)
1 small can (5 oz) tomato paste
Salt & pepper to taste
Dried oregano (optional)
1 tbsp dried chili peppers
1 cup shredded parmesan or romano cheese
In a medium saucepan, saute onions, carrots and celery until golden. Add ground beef and simmer, covered until meat looks cooked. Add milk and simmer again until most of the milk has been absorbed. Add tomato paste, 1 cup tomato sauce, chili pepper, salt and pepper and oregano. Simmer on very low, with the cover on for approximately 1 hour - stirring from time to time. The consistency should be medium thick - if it is too thick, add another 1/2 cup or so of tomato sauce or water, whichever you prefer. Mix in the cheese and simmer for another 10 - 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted and blended into the sauce.