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Spag Bol Recipe (Spaghetti Bolognese)

20 Apr

I think I was Italian in my past life. I have an obsession with anything Italian and that includes the food!

Last night, I thought I would step into my Italian mama persona and cook my husband and me some Spag Bol (to those of you who aren’t Aussie and don’t feel the need to abbreviate EVERYTHING, it is short for Spaghetti Bolognese).

I’ll confess, in the past, after work, late at night, couldn’t be bothered, (and rightly so) I would turn to my beloved jar of Dolmio to do the job for me….. but it’s just not the same.

This recipe is relatively simple to prepare. The only thing that takes time is the simmering, which is why I prefer to whip up a batch on the weekend and refrigerate/freeze for mid-week consumption (and it always seems to taste better the next day!) Alternatively, you can use the bolognese to make a delicious lasagne. Just add a b├ęchamel sauce and some lasagne sheets and you’re good to go! I also like to use as many organic products in my meals as I can, so I try to buy organic variations of the mince and vegetables.

Now, I’m sure this recipe is probably far removed from the traditional Italian dish, but it’s what really makes my husband’s and my taste buds go wild! You can experiment with different amounts and flavours to suit your own tastes.

Bon apetito!

SPAG BOL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

1.4kg lean beef mince

1 cup red wine

2 onions, chopped

3 medium carrots, grated

5 cloves garlic

1 kg tomatoes, chopped

1 large tin (800g) chopped tomatoes

3 tablespoons tomato paste

Salt & pepper, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves & dried oregano to taste

METHOD:

1. Add a little olive oil to a large saucepan and cook mince over med-high heat until browned.

2. Stir in wine and cook for a couple of minutes.

3. Add onion, carrots and garlic and stir for 4-5 minutes.

4. Stir in the fresh tomatoes and tinned tomatoes, along with the tomato paste. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low.

5. Add salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar, bay leaves and dried oregano to taste.

6. Simmer on low heat for at least an hour. Two hours would be even better if you have time!

7. Serve with pasta, shaved parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves.

Get as many vegies into you as you can!!!!

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