Weeknight Meal: How to Make My Favorite Spaghetti Bolognaise


 Weeknight Meal: How to Make My Favorite Spaghetti Bolognaise

Nothing quite screams comfort food like a big bowl of Spaghetti Bolognaise (French, in Italian it is Bolognese). I know this is dangerous territory to be treading in as everyone's Mama makes the best, but try keep an open mind!

This recipe is an adaption of a recipe shared by none other than the Godfather of Molecular Gastronomy (don't worry, none involved here!), Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame is his cookbook, The Family Meal.

(Serves 4)

  • 3.5 oz butter
  • 16 oz ground beef
  • 2 medium onions (chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 2 large carrots (chopped)
  • 5 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 14.5 oz can  chopped tomatoes
  • 1 box spaghetti spaghetti
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan (grated)
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Step 1:  Over a medium heat add the butter, let it melt, then add the minced beef, fry till browned, around 15mins, season with salt & pepper to taste.

Step 2: To avoid hand dicing the vegetables add them to a blender and blend till finely chopped, in another pan pour in 4 tbsp of olive oil over a low heat and fry the vegetables till softened, about 12mins.

Step 3: Add the fried vegetables to the mince, combine well, then add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, season with salt, pepper and the sugar. Simmer for 1 hour.

Step 4: 10 minutes before the sauce is ready bring a pot of water to the boil, add the remaining olive oil, season well with salt and cook as per packet instructions.

Step 5: Plate up each bowl of pasta, adding the sauce and top with Parmesan.


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