Nearly everyone loves Italian food, and so many of the dishes are easy to make. If you love pasta, spaghetti Bolognese might be one of your favorites. It’s a classic, even though it isn’t strictly a dish straight from Italy. It’s easy to make and doesn’t need too many ingredients. Plus, you can make it in big batches for the family and freeze some sauce for later. It’s sure to become a family favorite if you’ve never made it before. This massive recipe makes eight servings, so there’s plenty to go around or to put aside for another day.
You will need:
- 1 (16 ounce) package of spaghetti
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 3 slices of bacon, diced
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 stalk of celery, finely chopped
- 1 carrot, finely chopped
- 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 pound of lean ground beef
- 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
- 2 (28-ounce) cans of crushed tomatoes
- 2 tablespoons of tomato paste
- 2 teaspoons of white sugar
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh basil
- 1/4 cup of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- Once you’ve put on your apron from www.thesquarepegonline.co.uk, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil and cook the spaghetti until al dente (cooked, but with a bite).
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil over a medium heat, then add the bacon and cook it until crisp. Next, stir in the onion, celery, carrot and oregano and continue to cook until the vegetables start softening.
- Toss in the garlic and cook until its aromas are released, and then add the beef, making sure to break it up as it goes into the pan. Stir and continue to cook until the meat is browned.
- Pour the vinegar into the pot and simmer until the liquid has evaporated entirely. Next, add the tomatoes, sugar and tomato paste and bring everything to the boil. Finally, seasons with salt and pepper to taste, and remove your sauce from the heat. Stir the fresh basil in, to wilt it slightly.
- Serve the sauce with your drained spaghetti and top with Parmesan cheese. If there’s any spare, just divide it into portions and place it in a freezer-safe container or food bag. Then you can take out as much as you need whenever you want.
The brilliant thing about Bolognese sauce is that you can adjust it to your liking. Every family has their recipe and different opinions on how you should make it. You can add more of any vegetable, or try some different ones like red pepper. Maybe you’d like to spice it up with some chilies or chili powder, or use chunks of beef steak instead of ground beef. You can replace the balsamic vinegar with a glass of red wine although don’t use anything too expensive. If you like experimenting in the kitchen, you could play around with the spice too and find your ideal recipe.