I suppose you've figured out by now that if I do a recipe review, it means the recipe was good. I certainly learned (if not as a child, then definitely as a mom) "if you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all." So, I won't tell you about the bad stuff -- only the really good. You can come to my blog knowing you will only look through rose-colored glasses here.
Anyway, bolognese. Last week, when I was winging it with the menu, and starting teenager cooking lessons, I had a couple pounds of ground chuck to kill (you know what I mean), and a can of Italian sauce, and a box of mostaccioli. At five o'clock I turned on the fire and at six we had a meal -- good deal. And, because of this recipe, it was an awesome meal, which I will make again.
I won't republish the recipe, but I will tell you I didn't have any celery and I used an extra carrot. I also used my can of Italian sauce instead of crushed tomatoes. I would make it my way again. The sauce was sweet (I think the carrots and the sauce), but hearty and very tasty. The texture was a little chunky (warning for those with kids who don't eat chunky), but the chunks were tender. My kids thought it was a little like chili (although no chili flavor), but even my texture picky one ate a bowl of sauce with bread for dipping.
My teen cook made the entire sauce, with direction. He chopped and browned and stirred. He boiled the pasta. I think he could do it again.