I loved Clare's post last week about Steak & Guinness pie - what she feeds her man when the game is on. In our household, it is an event if a Steelers game is actually televised, and this is what I fed Husband today. I think he actually enjoyed it, even though I snuck in 2 finishing ingredients he doesn't like - Parmesan and balsamic. I was so full of meat sauce goodness I had no choice but to sit on the sofa and watch the game. Husband was sweet enough to do the dishes and make coffee; he even missed a touchdown while doing so. I'm so lucky.
This might seem like my adaptation of Rachel Ray's Veal Ragout, but it's totally different. I promise. I love any recipe that starts with bacon; of course you can leave it out, but you really shouldn't. It adds such a nice meatiness. This is a great dish for fall and winter, rich and warming. Recipe follows in the extended post.