08 March 2013

food: hearty bolognese for the weekend

Gunnar Sverrisson / Home and Delicious

Time for some delicious food. I think a hearty bolognese sauce is the right thing to cook this weekend. A rich meat sauce such as this one is also perfect for lasagne and cannelloni if you prefer. As with many methods, the cooking time is very important and the longer it is allowed to simmer the better. When we cook bolognese at home we let it simmer on the cooker for 3-5 hours at a low heat – and we always make a large portion at a time to have leftovers in the freezer, to make lasagne or cannelloni. Bolognese is perfect for dinner parties, infusing with the spaghetti and parmesan cheese. And a good glass of wine, some starter, desert... Let's take it all the way and enjoy some great food this weekend! 


Bolognese

5 tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
2 stalks of celery, finely chopped
4 carrots, finely chopped
10 strips of bacon, finely chopped
600 g minced beef
400 g minced pork
2 tbsp tomato paste
3 cans of tomatoes
Salt and chilli powder
A handful of basil, chopped

Soften the onion, celery and carrots in a large pot with oil at a medium temperature until very soft. Add mince and bacon and stir well. Add the tomato paste and canned tomatoes. Salt and pepper with chilli powder and then let simmer for as long as possible. The basil goes in after a good amount of cooking time. Best to let this simmer for 3-5 hours at a low heat and let it stand for a while before served. Many find it even better the next day. Taste the sauce and add salt and a little chilli powder if needed. Serve with spaghetti and parmesan.

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