Although a totally different animal from a typical long-cooking beef ragu, this quick recipe is packed with flavor. It is a great weeknight dinner if you're craving a meat sauce but haven't the time for an authentic slow-cooked version. The secret flavor weapon is mortadella--a slow smoked sausage which originated in Bologna, Italy, made from pork, beef, fat and seasonings. It is available in the deli section of most markets.
Recipe courtesy of Lucinda's Rustic Italian Kitchen by Lucinda Scala Quinn; photography by Quentin Bacon