George Stephanopoulos' Sunday Sauce

Daughters Elliott and Harper Call It "Daddy's Sauce"

GMA Recipes Dinner
Difficulty: Moderate
Cook Time: min

George Stephanopoulos is the host of This Week, ABC's Chief Washington Correspondent and author of the Bottom Line.

George writes:

After the show on Sunday afternoons I like to relax in the kitchen. But there are very few things I cook that my kids will eat. Here's the exception: a bolognese with a Greek twist (the cinnamon!) that my daughters Elliott, 6, and Harper, 3, call "Daddy's Sauce."


  • 3 medium sweet onions
  • 3 carrots
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 tablespoon garlic (chopped)
  • 4 strips thick bacon
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground veal
  • 1 large can plum tomatoes
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 ounces milk
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Cooking Directions

    Chop vegetables and bacon.

    Brown bacon until crisp. Add oil and brown garlic. Then add onions. Saute slowly over medium heat (10-15 minutes). Add carrots and celery. Saute another 5-10 minutes.

    Brown meat in separate pan, seasoned with salt and pepper. Then fold into vegetables for another 5-10 minutes. Crush tomatoes by hand over meat and vegetables. When whole mixture is bubbling add milk and cinammon stick.

    Stir, cover, reduce heat to simmer and cook for an additional 1-3 hours.

    Serve with any kind of pasta.

    Elliott likes it with crusty bread. It definitely improves if you refrigerate overnight.

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: ground chuck, ground veal, tomatoes, onions

    Course: Dinner, Brunch, Casserole

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