Two posts in one day!
Apologies if it is excessive. I must confess, I’m doing it mostly for myself…it’s useful documenting all the recipes in one place!
This one is an original of my own, perfected through test and trial to please two very discerning young mouths.
Wholesome Spaghetti Bolognaise
You will need:
1) spaghetti, amount dependant on greed levels. Ours is high, thus lots of spaghetti.
2) onions in fridge that need using up.
3) couple of garlic cloves
4) veg stock (around 100ml ish)
5) tin/ packet chopped tomatoes. Budget supermarket ones are fine. Honestly!
6) quorn mince. However, for non veggies, obviously substitute with meat!
7) tin of cannellini beans, drained
8) Parmesan cheese, grated. (I’m a bit of a cheese snob, but the cheapie substitute stuff is totally fine!)
9) a couple of carrots (great if they need using up!)
10) olive oil
11) basil. Fresh is lovely, dried is fine.
12) splash of Worcester sauce.
How to make it:
1) Chop up onions, garlic and cut the top and tail off your carrots.
2) Heat some olive oil in a big saucepan (I used some rosemary infused olive oil; poncy I know, but it was a gift, it needs using up and it smells lush!) Add the chopped onions and garlic and fry gently for 5 mins, until soft. While this is going on, start boiling up your water for the pasta.
3) Add the mince, allow it to brown off for a bit, and quickly grate the carrot into it. Then add your tomatoes, cannellini beans and let it simmer for a few minutes.
4) Get the pasta cooking in the boiling water and cook for as long as the packet dictates.
5) Add the stock gradually to the bolognaise- I say gradually, as you may not need it all; last thing you want is too watery. Yuck! Allow the bolognaise to reduce down and thicken up a bit by bringing to the boil, then simmering.
6) Add the Worcester sauce, and right at the end, the basil. (if you want to give the dish a bit of a kick…add half a teaspoon of chilli powder!)
7) Drain the pasta, and serve on a plate, with the bolognaise. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan and there you have it!
(Note that piglet looks very happy with it.)
Total Cost: Around £5.00 in total, making it £1.25 a head.
The Verdict? This one is always a favourite…particularly with OH, though he gets cross at me adding the cannellini beans, as, in his words, ‘you don’t mess with the classics’. Ahem.