Sunday, July 29, 2012

Easy Spaghetti Bolognese 意大利肉酱面

Bolognese Spaghetti is probably one of the most well-known and well-received pasta due to it's flavorful taste and full meaty sauce (at least at this part of the world). There are many variety of bolognese sauce but the common ingredients are onions, tomatoes, carrots and of course, the beef. I have made some adjustments to the recipe to simplify the steps and make it child-friendly by skipping the wine.

Spaghetti Bolognese

Preparation Time: 15 min
Cooking Time: 45 min
Serving for: 4 person

Ingredient (A):
400gm wheat drum spaghetti
1 teaspoon of salt

Ingredient (B), For marinating:
500gm minced beef (I only used 350gm, can be replaced with pork or chicken based on personal preference)
6 clove garlics, chopped
1 table spoon of olive oil
2 tea spoons of fresh or dried rosemary leaves
2 table spoons of worcestershire sauce
Dash of Salt & pepper

Ingredient (C), for the Bolognese Sauce:
500gm tomato puree (1 large can)
1 cup onion, finely chopped
1 cup fresh tomatoes, finely chopped
1 cup fresh carrots, finely chopped
Dash of Salt & pepper

For Toppings:
A dash of fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
1/2 cup of parmesan cheese (I skipped this as I'm out of stock today)

Step-by-Step Guides:
1. Mix all ingredient B together in a big bowl (only use1pm 1/2 portion of garlic). Mix evenly and set aside in fridge while working on the pasta (cover with a cling foam)
2 . Fill a pot with water and cook the spaghetti according to the suggested cooking time on the packaging (should be between 6-8min). Pour in pasta only when water boils, add a dash of salt. Once cooked, drain pasta with cold water and set aside.
3. Heat up 2 spoonful of olive oil in a frying pan, stir fry the remaining 1/2 portion of garlic till it turns light brown, add in onions, carrots, tomatoes and continue to stir fry till the onion turns transparent.
4. Add the marinated minced beef and cook about 5 min until the meat turns brown. Pour in the entire can of tomato puree, add a cup of water, salt and pepper to taste. Let the sauce shimmers on medium heat for another 30 minutes until the sauce is thickened.
5. Toss the cooked pasta into the bolognese sauce, stir until the pasta is well mixed with the sauce. Turn off the heat.

To serve, sprinkle some fresh rosemary leaves and shredded Parmesan cheese on the pasta.

Useful Tips!
1. Run the boiled pasta under cold water so it will not be soggy when cook. If you are not cooking the bolognese immediately, add a dash of olive oil to avoid the pasta from sticking together.
2. You may cook the bolognese when you have time and freeze it for later usage.

For my Ethan, the meal arrangement resembles nature: Earth, trees, leaves and the sun :) 

The minced beef, marinating.
Draining the pasta

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