Being inside for such a long time has reignited my love for cooking. But I love quick and I love simple. It hasn’t been easy getting some ingredients so the more simple the recipe the better. Of course, it still has to pack a punch in the taste department which my quick and easy bolognese recipe absolutely does.
I use to be a bolognese out of a jar kinda girl but it really is so simple to make without a jar in sight!
Ingredients (makes 4 portions)
- Beef Mince (or meat alternative mince)
- 1 Onion
- 1 Clove of garlic (2 if you really love the stuff!)
- 1 large carrot
- Handful of mushroom
- Tomato Puree
- 400g of Chopped tomato
- Spaghetti or Pasta (whichever is your preference)
- Cheese for topping
- Chop the onion and mushroom. Grate the carrot and de-skin the cloves of garlic and put them in the crusher.
- Fry the mince in a large saucepan until brown all over. If there’s a lot of fat that has come out the mince, drain it off then add the mince back to the pan.
- Using the garlic press, crush the garlic over the mince and add the onions to the pan. Mix together and fry for a couple of minutes.
- Add the chopped mushroom and fry for another couple of minutes. During this time, fill and boil the kettle.
- Add the carrots and a good squirt of tomato puree – be generous!
- Pour in the chopped tomatoes and fill the tomato tin up with water (about 1/3 of the way) and pour it into the saucepan.
- Season with salt and pepper and a small sprinkle of sugar. The sugar takes the acidic taste out of the tomatoes.
- Stir all together and bring to the boil. Once bubbling, turn down to medium heat and let it simmer for around 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the mixture looks dry add a small bit more water
- Meanwhile, pour the pasta into a separate saucepan and pour the boiled water from the kettle over the pasta. Add a pinch of salt and cook according to packet instructions
- Drain off the pasta. Pour more boiled water over the pasta whilst in the collider. This gets rid of the excess starch.
- Serve a helping of pasta and bolognese. Sprinkle with cheese if preferable.
So that’s it, my quick and easy bolognese recipe. This is perfect for batch cooking and I regularly freeze portions from this bolognese recipe of mine for lunch or for dinner the next day (if I’m having it for dinner, I cook the pasta fresh!)
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