This recipe is from Good and Cheap.
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This recipe from Good and Cheap was inspired by my friend Chris. He told me he loves a good ragu so I worked to develop a version that is as hearty as a meaty tomato sauce without the expense and heaviness of a traditional ragu. It also comes together much more quickly than the longer cooking traditional sauce. A batch of this is probably enough for four people, served with grated Romano or Parmesan over pasta, polenta, or grits.