Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is one of the classics and is something that I really enjoy cooking as if provides such a wonderful base to add numerous amounts of vegetables to, which then makes this such a nutritious but delicious meal that is enjoyed by the whole family.

I don’t think that my spaghetti Bolognese is ever the same, as I am always chopping and changing what I put in it.  So trying to write it down as a recipe was a little tricky so I wrote all ingredients down as I added them and below is the delicious result.

As I said I am always changing what I put in it, so feel free to add a selection of whichever vegetables you have on hand.  Just make sure that the are process finely if you are trying to convince fussy eaters who don’t normally like their vegetables!

Or try these delicious Healthy Burger Patties or Delicious Meatballs

 

Yields 4 Serves as a Main Meal

Spaghetti Bolognese

20 minPrep Time

1 hr, 30 Cook Time

1 hr, 50 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2-3 slices of bacon finely chopped
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic minced/crushed
  • 450-500grams minced lean beef
  • 1/2 cup off dry red wine/white wine
  • 1 cup beef or chicken stock
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stalk, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup of extra vegetables grated or very finely chopped (I use broccoli, kale/spinach/silver beet, cauliflower
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Enough pasta noodles for 4 people or as required (see package)

Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the bacon,garlic and onion and fry gently for about 10 minutes.
  2. Add the minced beef and stir with a wooden spoon, break any large chunks.
  3. Cook for about 15 minutes to brown the meat, then add the wine and gently boil for a few minutes to allow the alcohol to cook off
  4. Stir in the stock
  5. Add remainder of ingredients and turn heat down to low.
  6. Leave to gently simmer for 1 ½ hours, adding more stock if the mixture becomes dry.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  8. Cook the pasta in boiling salted water until al dente, then drain and mix with the Bolognese sauce.
  9. grate Parmesan cheese over top and serve.
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