This is probably one of the most straight forward, weeknight dinner recipes in the book; simple rich, and hearty, it’s just a great meal. To the extent that this book is very much designed to grand hosting, this dish seems to squeak by as something more down to earth. I used large fettuccine noodles and a 2011 Montalbera Ruche di Castagnole Monferrato Laccento which worked quite well with the dish. I tend to find Italian reds quite bitter and spicy and this wine was no exception and (unsurprisingly) received rather poor reviews online and so I really would not recommend this wine, but it got the job done. The recipe only called for 1 cup of tomatoes but I personally found that a little skimpy so instead opted to add the full can of stewed tomatoes. But other than that I remained true to the original recipe.