Spaghetti bolognese. We all love it but lets be honest, 9 times out of 10 – it comes out of a jar. And I must confess, I’m guilty too. So I went on a mission to find an easy solution, and there was only one place to look, SORTED food!
Over the years they have built up a HUGE recipe archive, a fantastically funny yet informative, step-by-step YouTube channel and even have their own kitchenware! So there was no question they would have an easy peasy & super delicious recipe for spag bol.
Without further ado, here is what you will need to serve 4.
- 500g Minced Beef
- Olive Oil, for frying
- 1 Onion
- 1 Stick Celery
- 1 Carrot
- Handful of Mushrooms
- 2 Garlic Cloves
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano
- Squeeze of Tomato Puree
- 1 Glass of Red Wine
- 1 x 400g Tin of Chopped Tomatoes
- 400ml Beef Stock
- Splash of Milk
- Splash of Worcester Sauce
- 400g Spaghetti
- 80g Parmesan Cheese to serve, Grated
Firstly, prepare your vegetables. Finely dice the onion, celery & carrot. Chop the mushrooms and crush the garlic.
Next, heat a large frying pan over a medium heat and season the beef with salt and pepper. (Before it goes in the pan.)
Add a little olive oil to the pan then fry the mince until browned. Transfer to a bowl and set to one side.
Add the onion, celery, carrot & mushrooms to the same pan and fry for a few minutes.
Then add in the garlic, oregano, tomato puree and red wine. Stir to mix well and simmer for a few minutes to reduce.
Next, add in the chopped tomatoes, beef stock, milk and worcester sauce. Return the mince to the pan, season generously with salt & pepper and simmer over a low heat for a minimum of 1 hour – a few is better.
When you are ready, cook the pasta in generously salted water according to the packet instructions.
Drain, toss with a little olive oil and season with salt & pepper.
Serve with a big dollop of bolognese and some grated parmesan.
And there you have it! Time, it would seem, does most of the hard work for you in this recipe. It’s not demanding in any way, in fact other than 10 minutes to get it going and cooking pasta at the end, it’s really not that taxing at all! And as for the taste? It’s gorgeous. The red wine adds a deep rich flavour to it and all that (now hidden) veg is great for you and your family! It’s a really good way to get some of the good stuff into those fussy eaters. (Trust me, I was one for years.)
Now, how do you fancy winning yourself some Sorted Food goodies?
I’ve teamed up with Premier Housewares who, alongside the great guys at Sorted Food, have developed a stylish, good quality range of cookware for the aspiring chef!
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Among them is a fabulous set of weighing scales…
After using them, the first thing I noticed were that they react much quicker than other digital scales I have used, allowing you to be speedy AND accurate in your kitchen. Also, I like that it doesn’t come with the stereotypical bowl on top. I never use mine as I always just place the bowl or pan I’m using within a recipe on them, creating less pots for me to wash. This way, it also takes up less of your precious cupboard space too, bonus!
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Competition is open to UK residents only and closes on Saturday 8th November at 1pm.
The winner will be announced on both Facebook & Twitter afterwards.
Good luck lovelies!