Spaghetti Bolognaise …

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Most families will have their own recipe for Spaghetti Bolognaise but, in case you don’t, here’s my version … so simple to cook, full of flavour and oh so tasty! When the kids were little and invited friends for sleepovers, I usually cooked “Spag Bol” because it’s popular with most kids and used to be a fairly safe bet. Enjoy!

Spaghetti Bolognaise …
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Serves: 6
Ingredients …
  • 900g lean mince
  • 3 celery sticks, chopped finely
  • 2 medium carrots, grated
  • 2 medium onions, diced finely
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Mixed Bolognese herbs or mixed Italian Herbs
  • 1 tablespoon dried rosemary
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 cup dry white wine (or substitute with Dry Sherry)
  • 3 x 700g bottles Passata cooking sauce (pureed tomatoes)
Method …
  1. Dice onions and celery finely. Peel and grate carrots.
  2. Place in a pan with garlic, olive oil, rosemary, cinnamon and bay leaf. Saute all ingredients for approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Add meat, sir and partially cook until browned. Add salt, pepper, mixed herbs, wine, pureed tomatoes and 2 cups of water. Simmer gently for 1 – 2 hours until water volume has been reduced and continue to stir often.
  4. Remove bay leaves and cinnamon stick and serve with pasta and grated cheese.

Clever Tricks, Tips and Hints …

  • Make sure you use a fairly big pot because, if you make the quantity in the recipe above, you will have enough meat sauce for dinner and then enough to freeze for 4 – 5 meals (depending on how many people you’re feeding) … love that because it means I get several nights off cooking! Alternatively, cut the quantities in half if you don’t want to cook quite as much.
  • This is a fairly traditional Bolognaise Sauce but feel free to add extra vegetables … that’s the beauty of a recipe like this, you can hide all kinds of goodness like grated zucchini, grated sweet potato, sliced mushrooms, whatever you like … just let your imagination run wild!
  • Omit the white wine (dry sherry) if you prefer if serving to children.

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