Comfort food- spaghetti bolognese


Everyone has their comfort food. Something you have after you’ve come back home after a long time of not being there..or you just need this homey feeling in your tummy 🙂 for me it’s definately pasta. Pasta bolognese is filling and so delicious.Simple to make as well. This is an authentic italian recipe, which I’ve learned from my grandmother,and which she has learned from hers- and she was italian, so I’ll trust her that it’s authentic. let’s start!

ingredients: for 3-4 people

500g of pasta of your choice- here spaghetti

500g of mince meat – beef 80% meat , 20% fat

3 cloves of garlic

1 large onion – chopped

1 can of tomatoes

2 tsp of tomato purée

2 tsp of paprika powder

1 tsp of thyme

1tsp of rosemary

1 tsp of oregano

1 tsp of dried basil

1 large carrot- shredded

3 sticks of celery-shredded.

200 ml of good red wine- semi dry

1 bay leaf

salt,pepper,pinch of chili

2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar

handful of fresh basil- optional

parmezan cheese- to shred on top

350 ml beef stock

how to make it? well.. heat up a big sauce pan with a tiny bit of olive oil in it and fry off the meat. try to separate big clumps with a spoon- big chunks of meat in the sauce are not yummy. when the meat is starting to turn brownish, add salt,pepper, paprika powder,chili, crushed garlic, dried herbs(rosemary,oregano,thyme,basil) and vinegar. allow the vinegar to evaporate. now add all of the veg ( onion, carrot, celery) and sweat them off. we want them to ooze lovely juices into the meat. once they’ve soften a little bit, add the wine.( 1 glass) let it reduce, add the tomato purée , stir through. then  add the stock and canned tomatoes. throw the bayleaf in.simmer on medium heat for good 40 min ( you want the veg to fall apart, meat has to be luciously tender and the sauce has to just blend alltogether instead of seeing the individual chunks in it). when the sauce is ready, turn the heat off, and stir through fresh basil (optional) toss the pasta with the sauce. serve hot, with some parmezan cheese on top. Nothing can beat it… simply gloriously delicious!


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