Wednesday, September 01, 2010

My Mum's Spaghetti Bolognese


Ingredients for Bolognese sauce:
Cooking oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
3 tomatoes, diced
4 tbsp tomato sauce
2 cups of water
1/2 a can of button mushrooms, chopped in halves
1 tbsp strawberry jam
1 tbsp dried oregano
Salt and black pepper to taste
Minced beef
1 tbsp Cornstarch and water

Ingredients for Pasta:

Spaghetti
Water
Salt

Directions:

In a large saucepan, heat the oil, add the onion and garlic and, over a gentle heat, cook until the onions have softened and turned translucent. Next, add the mince beef. Cover the saucepan with a lid. Wait for 5 minutes until the meat is cooked. Add diced tomatoes and stir through for 2 minutes. Add tomato sauce, 2 cups of water and button mushroom. Let it boil. Add in a tablespoon dried oregano, strawberry jam and salt and pepper to taste. Let it simmer than add in mixture of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and water to thicken the sauce.

How to cook pasta?

Cook pasta in a boiling salted water. Ideally, you want to use about 1 litre of water per 100g of pasta. If you use too little water, your pasta will turn out starchy. Salt it generously about 1 tsp per litre. The water does not need to be at a rampant boil, but it should be boiling. If the pan boils over, turn down the heat a little; you’ll reach a point where it will bubble boil and behave itself.

To serve, cook the spaghetti, drain, and then coil onto plates. Top each bed of pasta with Bolognese sauce and shower with parmesan cheese. Best served with side salad and mushroom soup. :)

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