Bolognese Sauce

What you need

  • Olive oil 1 teaspoon.
  • Onions 1 large, finely chopped.
  • Crushed garlic 1 teaspoon.
  • Lean minced beef 300g.
  • Carrot 1, grated.
  • Zucchini 1, grated.
  • Pepper, green or red 1, finely diced.
  • Pasta sauce 1 x 400-500g jar.
  • Chilli flakes 1/4 teaspoon, optional.
  • Basil or oregano 1 teaspoon dried.
  • Sugar 2 teaspoons
  • Canned brown lentils 1 x 400g can

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 15 - 20 minutes

Method

  • Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add onion and garlic and cook until soft.
  • Add mince and cook for a few minutes until partially browned. Add carrot, zucchini and peppers and cook a few minutes, stirring to prevent sticking to the pan.
  • Add pasta sauce and herbs and simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Add lentils and sugar, taste and add more seasonings as necessary.

Uses for Bolognese Sauce:

  • Spaghetti Bolognese - serve sauce over spaghetti or fettucini. Sprinkle with parmesan and serve with green salad.
  • Baked Pasta - mix with some cooked macaroni, spirals or penne pasta, transfer to a baking dish, top with grated edam cheese and some bread crumbs and bake at 180°C until topping is crisp and golden brown.
  • Lasagne - use as meat sauce.
  • Chilli con carne - add a can of chilli beans (to make it spicier, add some chilli powder or minced chilli); serve with rice.
  • Tacos / Burritos - use chilli con carne and add shredded lettuce, sliced tomato, grated cheese, sliced red onion and unsweetened yoghurt to make delicious tacos or burritos.
  • Nachos - top a pile of corn chips with chilli con carne, yoghurt or light sour cream, grated edam cheese and chopped tomato.
  • Saucy spud - cut open a hot jacket potato; top with sauce, shredded lettuce, yoghurt and cheese.
  • Shepherd's pie - half fill a baking dish with meat sauce, top with mashed potato and bake at 180°C until meat is bubbling and potato topping crisp and slightly browned.

 

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