Spaghetti Bolognese

This recipe is our go-to dinner because we generally have all the ingredients, and it’s a really filling, simple meal. On the days when I don’t know what to cook, I ask Ian to cook this Spag Bol.

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But in saying that, this recipe is more than just humble Spag Bol. Ian has perfected this recipe to be true ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’ (am I the only one who says that in an Italian accent?). This recipe is so delicious and full of goodies. It has all the normal ingredients; mince, diced tomatoes, onion, garlic. But then, he adds in a few items that make it magical. Items such as semi-sun dried tomatoes, and bacon! (You’ll notice that Ian and I will add bacon to almost anything).

It’s basically spag bol at restaurant level. And I would argue it’s even better eaten the next day as leftovers.

It’s a simple, easy and absolutely delicious and you really need to try it out! Just don’t forget the bacon!

Spaghetti Bolognese

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Makes: 4 large servings

Ingredients

  • 250g spaghetti (angel hair spaghetti is delicious)
  • 500g beef mince
  • 2 Tins diced tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 4 shortcut rashes of bacon
  • 1/4 cup semi sun dried tomatoes (oil mostly drained out on paper towel)
  • 2 teaspoons of garlic
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 teaspoon of Italian herbs
  • 1 carrot diced
  • Grated cheese to sprinkle on top

Method

  1. Boil a pot of water with a pinch of salt. Once boiled, add the spaghetti (broken in half) and cook until al-dente. Note: if using angel hair pasta, do this step last, as it only takes a few minutes to cook.
  2. Put a large saucepan on medium heat, cook bacon until browned. Remove bacon from pan and put aside for later. Then add diced onion, carrot and garlic and cook for 1-2 minutes until onion is translucent.
  3. Add mince and break up, cooking until browned.
  4. Add diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Italian herbs, cooked bacon and semi-sun dried tomatoes and simmer for 5-10 minutes until reduced.
  5. Serve on the pasta with grated cheese!

Recipe Source: Ian’s Gourmet Kitchen

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