Meat Sauces

Ragù, Bolognese and carbonara are some of our favorite meat sauces, all hearty companions to a bowl of pasta—the perfect one-dish meal. An easy way to whip up a meat sauce is by mixing together sweet Italian sausage, canned tomatoes, chopped veggies and fresh parsley for a simple Bolognese, which is especially delicious atop creamy polenta. For a truly low-maintenance meat sauce, try using your slow cooker. A combination of ground beef and sausage, lots of herbs and plenty of garlic make this flavorful Bolognese incredible—and it tastes even better the next day. Get these recipes and more in Food & Wine’s guide to meat sauces.

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Jellied Cranberry Sauce with Fuji Apple

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Cranberries only need to be cooked for a few minutes before they burst and form a terrific cranberry sauce. Melissa Rubel Jacobson has a number of recipes for them. To mold the sauce so it's sliceable, she adds an apple, which is loaded with pectin, a natural gelling agent. Slideshow: More Holiday Side Dishes Plus: F&W's Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide 

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Cranberry sauce is part of the Thanksgiving trinity along with turkey and mashed potatoes, but many home cooks still rely on the canned stuff while dedicating major efforts to the other plates on the table. Despite the nostalgia and ease that comes with using jellied or other prepared versions, there’s something remarkable about serving a homemade batch that’s tangy, sweet and vibrantly colored. Here, five tips for DIY cranberry sauce.

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Bradford Thompson created this recipe to balance some of the fiery Jamaican dishes he likes to cook at home. The chutney is made with a mix of fresh mango, papaya and pineapple, and it's deliciously sweet and delicately spicy. More Caribbean Recipes

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This wonderfully rich gravy is taken up a notch with smoky Spanish paprika and an aromatic guajillo chile. Plus:  More Great Thanksgiving Recipes