Bolognese with Spaghetti

Bolognese with Spaghetti

This is a real comforting autumn and winter dinner to make for the whole family.  It's a very simple bolognese recipe and the cream and parsley go so well.  Have the sauce with either spaghetti or a linguine pasta.

  1. Ingredients:
  • 500g organic beef mince / ground beef
  • 200g unsmoked pancetta or bacon
  • 1 small brown onion finely chopped / 1cup
  • Β½ cup red wine
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 large can tomatoes (approx 750g)
  • 350 ml water (Β½ the can)
  • pinch of salt / pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh single cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan
  • Pasta - 100g per person - either spaghetti or linguine would go very well

Method:

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy based pan, add the onions and pancetta and cook gently for 5 minutes
  2. Add the beef and brown all over
  3. Add the red wine and cook for a couple of minutes, then add the plum tomatoes, bay leaves and water
  4. Leave to simmer with a lid on for 1 hour, check it every now and then, give it a stir
  5. Once the sauce has cooked and reduced and is lovely and thick, add the chopped parsley, cream, ΒΎ of the grated parmesan and stir together
  6. Season with salt and pepper.  
  7. Cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water until just al dente.  Check the cooking instructions on the packet for timings depending if you are using fresh or dried pasta.
  8. I like to toss the cooked pasta in the sauce and then serve it up with an extra sprinkle of grated cheese on top!
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