Even though I think the best way to have Bolognese is with spaghetti, sometimes penne is a pretty good change. Served in a deep bowl, all you need is a fork to stab and shove.
- 2 pork sausages
- 1 small handful of frozen peas
- 2 inches of a medium carrot, diced finely
- a quarter of an onion, diced finely
- 1 small small knob of butter
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- chilli, minced (optional)
- 2 tsp of double concentrate tomato puree
- a pinch of dried basil
- sea salt, freshly ground
- black pepper, freshly ground
- freshly grated Parmesan,
- a couple of fresh basil leaves
- 2 handfuls of quick cook penne
- Get your pasta boiling in a pot.
- In a hot wok, toss the peas in.
- Once they’ve defrosted for a bit, dump the carrots in, together with the small small wad of butter. Toss.
- Then add the garlic and onions. Let them fry away happily, tossing occasionally.
- If you want it slightly spicy, add in the chilli now.
- Peel of the skin of the sausages and throw them into the wok. Cut them erratically with a spatula whilst stirring everything together.
- Scoop out some of the starchy pasta cooking water and pour into the wok.
- Stir in the tomato puree and add more pasta cooking water accordingly.
- When you’ve got the consistency you want, and the sausages cooked, pinch in the dried basil, salt and pepper. Stir and turn off the heat.
- Drain pasta.
- Serve with bolognese. Garnish with Parmesan and fresh basil leaves.
15-minute meal for the famished soul.
Bolognese Brilliance: no serious slurping, no mess, just awesome food.
Building on from Springy Bolognese, I’ve decided to list some numbers and ingredients for this massively easy pasta dish. Its hearty and satisfying; perfect for that one time when you’re feeling incredibly hungry. Hurhur.
The brilliant thing about bolognese is that there’s no hard and fast rule about what goes inside. To me, it’s like Chinese Fried Rice; you add whatever tickles your fancy. Personally, I aim for ‘colourful’.
So here’s what I had in mine this time. Extremely extravagant.
- 1 third of pasta from a standard size quick cook spaghetti pack
- 1 handful of chopped red pepper
- 1 handful of chopped yellow pepper
- 1 handful of peas, frozen works the same
- 1 handful of mushrooms, sliced
- 1 white onions, minced
- 1 third of a finger chilli, minced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 thumb-sized knob of butter
- 50g of double concentrate tomato puree
- half tbsp of dried basil
- 1 handful of finely grated cheddar (if you have parmesan, even better)
- 1 handful of fresh rocket (optional)
- 1 handful of beef minced (omit this is you’re vegetarian)
With all the ingredients ready, what you’re going for now is efficiency and speed. No mucking about. You’re hungry, and if you’re not about getting angry yet, your stomach is. A hungry man is an angry man. Whatever.
This is how to roll:
- Since we’re going for speed, quick-cook pasta is the key choice here. Get that in a pot of boiling water and let it work its magic. If you believe in the Italian saying that ”the water for pasta cooking should be as salty as the Mediterranean”, then go right ahead and salt that water.
- While that’s happening, get another pot/wok on the hob too. If your peas are frozen, get them straight in, together with that knob of butter. If not, get everything you want in your bolognese e.g. onions, mushrooms, peppers, carrots, etc. and dump them in. Let them fry about while you wash up your chopping board and knife, and welcome the Aroma Fairies.
- When they (the ingredients, not fairies) are just about done, in goes the minced beef. Toss.
- Then, tomato puree goes in too. Here’s a tip. Instead of using plain water to dilute your sauce, get some of that starchy pasta water, about half a cup full and pour it into the sauce. Happy days.
- Mix about before adding the dried basil. Mix some more and taste. Season with salt and pepper your liking. Turn the heat off.
- Your pasta should be done, so drain the water out and get it straight into your superb bolognese sauce. Toss about, coating every strand of that spaghetti in red goodness. Move all to a serving dish.
- Top with fresh rocket leaves. Then, grate your cheese straight onto everything.
Today being the big day for Prince William and Kate Middleton, I thought I’d have a little commemorative celebratory lunch.
I’m crazy, I know.
Go here to see why the dish looks like that.
And why spaghetti? Go here.
Spring is here and the sun’s out (almost) everyday. You’d love to get out there in the beautiful sunshine, with friends, and with some food. Chuck the sandwiches you can get from the nearby cafe or sandwich bar. If you’re meeting your mates later and are home now, why not whip up a little something that will put a bigger smile on everyone’s already cheerful faces?
Here’s an idea for a no-frills, quick-and-easy munch: Spaghetti Bolognese
- Since we’re going for speed, quick-cook pasta is the key choice here. Get that in a pot of boiling water and let it work its magic.
- While that’s happening, get everything you want in your bolognese e.g. onions, mushrooms, peppers, carrots, etc. Chop everything up nice and pretty. You don’t even have to go near pulverising the ingredients, especially if you’d like juicy chunks of mushrooms in each bite. Beef mince for non-vegetarians is an option. Or try this: pork belly.
- With a small wad of butter, some chopped garlic, get everything in. Mix mix mix. Check on your pasta, which should be done. Drain and toss in quick. Tomato puree, basil, salt and pepper. Mix some more.
- Grab some plastic plates and cutlery. Pack ’em all and you’re ready for an awesome munch in the sun.
OR, if it’s too cold out for a picnic, just have it on your desk.