Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Enough Bolognese To feed a Village

Bolognese sauce is one of those things that I don't make very often but when I do, I always think I should make more often. It is easy, versatile and can "disguise" a lot of vegetables.

DH really fancied spaghetti Bolognese the other day, so I made enough to feed a whole village and we all had some, put some in the fridge and then put the rest in the freezer.

Not knowing what to make the little ones for lunch today, I decided to use some of the bolognese. Mixed in some chopped spinach and boiled some rice (spaghetti too messy). Yummy lunch with minimum effort. Great !

Basic Bolognese recipe (serves 8 little ones):

15 ml olive oil
1/2 large onion, finely chopped
1/2 clove garlic, minced
300g minced lean beef
100g mushrooms, sliced
1/2 stalk celery (optional)
6-7 carrots (optional)
1/2 can plum tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato paste
50-60 ml stock (preferably unsalted, or use water)
mixed italian herbs
salt (optional)

Heat olive oil on medium heat. Brown onions, garlic and minced meat. Add all other ingredients. Cover and simmer for about 40 mins, stirring occasionally.

Serve with small pasta shapes, rice or potatoes with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, cheese or natural yoghurt.

*Note. Replace carrots and celery with other vegetables if preferred and for leaner alternative, use minced Turkey.

Enjoy. x

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