And now for our first recipe of the week - Spaghetti Bolognaise!
Spag-bol is a dish almost everyone will enjoy – especially if the sauce is packed with great ingredients and cooked with love. Of course Bolognaise can also be used in different ways, so make a huge batch and use it for more than one meal. See more ideas at the end of the recipe instructions.
Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 30 mins
- sharp knife & chopping board
- heavy-based large sauce pan (for sauce)
- long handled stirring spoon and ladle
- large saucepan (for pasta)
- sieve or colander
- bowls, forks and spoons for eating
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 brown onion chopped
- 400 g lean beef mince
- 1x 700g jar of Bolognese pasta sauce
- 1 carrot finely chopped
- 1 celery stick finely chopped
- (You can leave the veggies out and it will still taste good)
- 375g spaghetti
- Tasty cheese
- Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium heat and fry the onion until they are soft and change colour.
- Next add the mince and cook until it has changed colour – goes from red (raw meat colour) to brown. You will need to stir it to make sure that it all gets cooked and you break up any lumps.
- Add the veggies and cook for another 3-4 minutes.
- Pour in the pasta sauce and bring to the boil.
- Cover and simmer (gently cook) for about 30 minutes or until the veggies are soft.
- While the sauce is cooking fill a large saucepan with water, add a little salt. Bring to the boil and then add the spaghetti and cook until al-dente. (See notes for explanation).
- Drain in a strainer. Add a little bit of oil to stop it sticking together.
- When the sauce is cooked, check if it needs any salt and pepper.
- To serve place some spaghetti in a bowl and spoon some sauce over the top.
- Sprinkle with grated cheese.
Al dente [al-DEN-tay] is an Italian phrase meaning "to the tooth," used to describe pasta or other food that is cooked only until it offers a slight resistance when bitten into, but which is not soft or overdone.
Any leftover sauce can be frozen then reheated in the microwave for a quick pasta sauce or to put on toast for breakfast!
When freezing food - make sure you do the following things:
- Don't freeze it until it has cooled down
- Make sure you label it with the date you froze it (just use a bit of sticky tape and a texta)
- Only keep most food for 3 months