One of the most surprising things about this hearty meat ragù is its depth of flavor. Here, red onion, rather than yellow or white, is included in the “soffritto”– the trio of aromatics that creates the flavor-packed foundation for this dish. Although this may seem like a subtle distinction, it is one worth noting.
Caramelizing this “Holy Trinity” of red onions, carrots, and celery adds a rich, sweet note to the hint of heat from the spicy sausage and the earthy goodness of the porcini mushrooms. The end result is a well-balanced symphony of flavors that does not rely on additional herbs and spices.
Tip: For even more flavor, reconstitute the dried porcini mushrooms in beef broth. Be sure to strain the liquid with a coffee filter or cheesecloth to remove any sediment before adding to the sauce.