Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

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If you are looking for an easy recipe for dinner, spaghetti bolognese is just that. I don’t think that I have ever met someone who does not like bolognese. It is a easy to make it in large quantities, and put into the freezer for a later date. Long, slow cooking allows the flavours to develop, and like soup and stews, it tastes even better the next day. I have even seen ‘day old soup’ on cafe menus. They are not being lazy, just allowing flavours to intensify.

Depending what you have with the bolognese sauce depends how many portions it serves. You generally need less for lasagne than you do if you have it as spaghetti bolognese. The quantity I have used here will make 5-6 adult portions, children are about half an adult portion though that depends on age and appetite.

The traditional¬†way to serve bolognese with is pasta but don’t let that stop you from trying other ways. If you want to ring the changes, oven bake potatoes, then halve them and scoop out the soft potato. Give the soft potato a mash with a fork to ensure that there are no lumps. Spoon the bolognese sauce into the potato skins, put the mashed potato on top and sprinkle with a little cheese. Return to the oven or grill until the cheese is bubbling and brown. You can do this with all sorts of recipes. Chilli, fish pie and Shepherd’s pie mix, or anything at all that you fancy.

Serves: 5-6 adults Prep Time: 20 mins Cooking Time: 45-60 minutes
500 grams mince beef
3 rashers bacon chopped small
1 onion finely chopped
2 tablespoons tomato puree
400 grams tinned chopped tomato
1.5 teaspoons dried basil
2 cloves garlic crushed

Directions

  1. Fry the mince in a frying pan in small batches until it has coloured all over. Transfer to a large saucepan with a slotted spoon. If there is an excess of fat, mop it up with a piece of kitchen roll.
  2. Add the onion and bacon to the frying pan and cook for five minutes. Transfer into the pan with the mince.
  3. Add the tomato puree, tinned tomatoes, basil and garlic. Stir well and bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 60 minutes. Check a couple of times during cooking to see if the sauce is a bit thick.  If it is just add some water to loosen it up.
  4. Serve with pasta, veggies and sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese on the top.

 

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