I know it may be a little twee to post a spaghetti bolognese recipe on my blog, but the other night, I made a changed up version of Jamie Oliver's spaghetti bolognese and believe me, it is worth sharing. The onion, garlic and carrot were processed, but if you don't have a food processor or can't face the washing up involved, I suggest you grate the onion, garlic and carrot.
I can't for the life or me work out why it was so delicious. Perhaps the flavours were fuller due to having the onion and garlic so processed. Perhaps is was that the meat, thyme and tomatoes were organic. I find Aldi does a good and cost effective organic brand of the minced beef and canned tomatoes. The thyme I grew in my vegie patch. This herb is so easy to grow. It works like a ground cover and is prolific. So if you are not a green thumb, it would be a good one to start with. I have found it practically impossible to kill.
Best Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
8 sprigs of Thyme (use about 1 teaspoon of dried if you don't have fresh thyme)
175g packet or 1/2 a cup of bacon short cuts, diced
1 brown onion finely chopped, grated or finely chopped in a food processor
2 cloves of garlic grated or finely chopped in a food processor
2 small carrots grated
500g lean beef mince (Aldi organic is my choice)
2 x 400g cans of Aldi organic diced tomatoes
1/2 cup of red wine
1/2 cup Campbells Beef Stock
salt and pepper
Freshly grated Parmesan or Grana Padano cheese to serve.
Heat olive oil over a medium heat and cook bacon and thyme, stirring occasionally.
Add onion, carrot and garlic and stir for a minute or so until fragrant.
Add the beef and break up with a wooden spoon, so it browns evenly.
Add tomatoes, stock and red wine and stir.
Salt and pepper to taste.
When the mixture starts to bubble, cover the pan, turn to a very low heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Remove the lid after 30 minutes and simmer for a further 15 minutes uncovered.
With 15 minutes to go, cook your spaghetti in salted water.
Combine pasta and sauce and serve with freshly grated cheese of choice.
So there you have it. A family favourite, which I just had to share, as is was so good and of course completely simple.
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