Bolognese 3 Ways Spaghetti Bolognese has been a household staple for years, something that many of us grew up eating for weekday dinners. With a tried and trusted recipe, few of us dared to venture beyond this family favourite, but now is your chance to use your creativity and try some something new. Here are 3 quick ideas to use your favourite pasta sauce in different ways. Firstly we need to get to the basics and start with a simple Bolognese recipe:Bolognese Sauce Ingredients: ¼ cup olive oil. 4 rashers of streaky bacon, finely diced2 onions, peeled and finely diced. 2 sticks celery, trimmed and finely diced. 2 carrots, trimmed and finely diced. 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely diced. 30ml tomato paste 250ml red wine 500g beef mince 2 tins plum tomatoes. 500ml beef stock 75g Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese, plus extra for grating over. Herbs: 2-3 sprigs rosemary. Handful of basil 1 tsp dried oregano 1-2 bay leaves Sea Salt and Black Pepper Method:
- In a large saucepan heat olive oil, add streaky bacon and fry gently until crispy.
- Once bacon is crispy, reduce heat slightly and add onions, celery, carrots, garlic and rosemary and gently sauté until well sweated.
- Add tomato paste and cook out for 5 minutes.
- Deglaze the pan with red wine and then add mince, tomatoes, beef stock and remaining herbs.
- Bring pot to simmer and allow to simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
- Once pot has simmered for an hour, season with salt and pepper.
Here are a few great ideas for you to use leftover Bolognese Sauce:
- Lasagne – Why not turn one great pasta dish into another by using the Bolognese sauce in between the layers of pasta.
- Savoury Crepes – Use your Bolognese sauce as a filling for a light meal
- Nachos – Turn your ‘last – nights’ Bolognese into today’s Mexican feast. Grab yourself a bag of Nacho chips, top it with your Bolognese and top with grated cheese. Don’t forget the guacamole!