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Sugo finto or “fake meat sauce”, photo-recipe by Paolo Gori

The "sugo finto" or, more appropriately fake ragu or fake meat sauce, is a tomato sauce enriched with lot of vegetables or soffritto that have been sauteed in a pan with a glass of red wine. It is called this way because it looks like ragu (or sugo as meat sauce is also known in Tuscany) but it is, indeed, meatless. The recipe belongs to the poor peasant tradition when meat (beef, veal and chicken) was a rare and special ingredient. This pasta sauce is sometimes also known as sugo scappato, implying that something had ‘escaped’ from the pot (like the meat!). [new_royalslider id="6"] [Photo Credits& Graphic Design: Lara Musa Tuscany Social Media Team]     Preparation time: 10 mins Cooking time: 50 mins Total time: 1 hour Recipe type: Pasta sauce Serves: 8 Ingredients • 2 onions, • 2 carrots, • 2 stalks of celery, • 2 cloves of garlic, • 250g of extra virgin olive oil, • Tomato paste, • Salt, • Pepper, • a half a glass of red wine, • 1 small red pepper, • A pinch of mixed spices for roasts. About Paolo Gori Paolo Gori is the main Chef at Trattoria Da Burde (http://www.burde.it), one of the historical “trattorie” in Florence. Thanks, Paolo!