A few weeks back we saw an amazing looking post by our good friend Russ, author of The Domestic Man for Grain-Free Ravioli. When we saw his beautiful photo (all of his photos are beautiful if you haven’t seen his work) for the ravioli we thought how in the world did he accomplish this? The ravioli looked absolutely perfect. Then we saw the secret ingredient, Cappello’s Gluten and Grain Free Pasta. Russ had purchased lasagna sheets from this online company that uses almond flour to create their gluten free goods. We were intrigued…
Now, a little disclaimer to this ingredient is that it is NOT Paleo in our mind. It is a grain free alternative to pasta, but just like our desserts, it is NOT Paleo. Just a healthier option than the classic gluten-laden pasta. Also the pasta is pretty pricey (as it should be!) so even if you wanted to eat it every night, you probably wont just because of the price. Another reason that this specific food is great for that rare occasion that you just want something that really resembles real pasta. If you get fat from eating too much of this almond flour pasta then you can bet your butt that your bank account will be empty. Chunky and broke does not sound like fun.
Our first idea when we ordered the Cappello’s was to play an “evil” trick on Bill’s family, specifically his parents and maybe his sister. We laughed to each other at the thought of Bill’s mom’s mouth hitting the floor and her gasping at the idea of us actually making real pasta! I can hear it now…”What? Billy! Pasta???!!” Bill and I often think we are really hilarious, usually when others don’t. I guess it’s good that we at least both agree that we are funny. Also, we are both horrible liars, so that trick wouldn’t have lasted long, and Bill actually ended up telling his parents about the idea of tricking them before we could even do it…whoops!
Now for the bolognese…this is the real star of the show, and can be made and enjoyed without the Cappello’s noodles. You can enjoy this recipe with summer squash noodles, spaghetti squash, kelp noodles, or even just on it’s own! It definitely was fun eating this meal with noodles that looked and tasted like the real deal, but it’s absolutely not necessary! For this recipe I also hid half a pound of pastured chicken livers in the sauce and nobody even knew. Hooray for hiding sort-of-funky-tasting super foods in a yummy meal! Mmmm liver (not really)…
This meal was a lot of fun to eat. I doubt we will be making it again any time soon, but on the rare occasion that we decide to eat Cappello’s pasta we will enjoy it (which is what indulging is all about, right?)
- 2 pieces 2 pieces Bacon, two strips, chopped
- 1 cup 1 cup Onion, finely diced
- 1 cup 1 cup Celery, finely diced
- 1 cup 1 cup Carrot, Raw, finely diced
- 4 oz 4 oz Chicken Livers, ground or minced
- 1 1/2 lb 1 1/2 lb Ground Beef
- 1 cup 1 cup Red wine, Cabernet Sauvignon
- 6 oz 6 oz Tomato Paste
- 29 oz 29 oz Diced Tomatoes, two cans
- 2 tsp 2 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp 2 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp Basil, fresh, chopped
- 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp Oregano, fresh, chopped
- 4 oz 4 oz Heavy Whipping Cream, Organic, Use coconut milk for dairy free alternative
- Heat a large stock pot over medium heat, and add the chopped bacon to the pot.
- Saute the bacon until the fat renders and the bacon starts to brown.
- Add the diced onion, and continue to saute for 1 minute.
- Add the celery and onion, and continue to saute until the onion is translucent.
- Add the minced livers to the pot, followed by the ground beef and saute until brown.
- Pour the red wine over the meat and veggie mixture, and stir to combine.
- Add the tomato paste, and diced tomatoes, and continue to stir until all ingredients are combined.
- Season with salt, pepper, fresh basil, and fresh oregano, and then add the heavy cream to the pot.
- Bring sauce to boil for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 1-2 hours.
- Serve with Cappello's grain free pasta or squash noodles.