Daily Archives: October 17, 2008

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese

To me, bolognese sauce is very versatile. Most times, I make double portions and freeze the rest. I would then convert the other portion into a chilli con carne to have with rice the next day or into a pie with mash topping to bring new interest to it. Or if you are a pizza lover you can spread it over a pizza base, sprinkle over some sliced mushrooms and top with grated cheese – makes great pizza!

Ingredients:

4 oz of spaghetti

400 gm minced meat ( I used lamb)

1 large carrot (peeled and finely chopped)

80g button mushroom (finely chopped)

2 large celery stalks  (chopped)

1 large onion (finely chopped)

1 large garlic (crushed)

2 cm cube fresh ginger (grated)

1  14 oz tin chopped tomato

2 tbsp tomato puree mixed with same amount of hot water

2 tsp finely chopped  fresh basil or 1 tsp dried

2 tsp finely chopped fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried

1 red fresh chilli (optional: I like my sauce with a kick; finely chopped)

2 tbsp of olive oil

salt and pepper

SERVES 4

In a deep saucepan, heat the olive oil, add the  onion, garlic and ginger stir until soft. Add the vegetables, mince and stir. Add the chopped tomatoes; tomato puree, herbs and chilli. Stir again. Season with salt and pepper. Gently bring to boil and then cover and let it simmer slowly under very low heat for 30-40 minutes. Stir occasionally to stop it catching.

Meanwhile, boil the spaghetti following the instructions on its packaging until al-dente. Serve with the sauce ladled over it. This is normally served with grated parmesan cheese but I have had difficulty looking for a halal version of it therefore I  go without.

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