I’ve read in an article once, that Italians are passionate and amongst other things are great cooks! The combination of passion and food can be a beautiful matrimony, after all that’s what makes a successful marriage, passion and good food!
Italian cuisine is well balanced, fresh and vibrant and nothing can compare to authentic Italian food. In my travels I’ve discovered the taste of Italy, which has undoubtedly changed my outlook on Italian food. What we are commercially sold to believe is Italian food is unfortunately a false representation of the culture.
It takes time and patience to unleash the full flavours in an Italian dish, only the best ingredients are used and everything is prepared with love.
Unfortunately I am not Italian and I don’t have the Italian hand, however I do wish to someday learn from the true Italians.
For now I have this quick little recipe to help you through. It’s not as authentic but it’s definitely flavourful and is a great meal to whip up for the family, especially if you’re tired of carting everyone out to have some Italian food.
Bolognese has originated from Bologna , it is a meat based sauce that is often accompanied by a tomato concentrate combined with multiple other vegetables such as celery and carrots.
- 1 onion, chopped finely
- ½ kg beef mince
- 1 green chilli , chopped finely
- 2 tsp crushed garlic
- olive oil
- 2 tbsp. oregano
- 1 tsp red chilli powder
- 1 litre Pomi crushed tomato
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 3 tbsp. tomato paste
- In a large pot warm up 1 tablespoon of olive oil and then sauté the onions until soft
- Rinse and drain your mince , then add to the onions
- Mix the onion and mince together well, use your spoon to separate the mince so there are no big lumps
- Cook the mince until all the water has reduced
- In a sauce pan warm up some olive oil on a low heat, then sauté the garlic and crushed green chilli
- Thereafter add the tomato paste , oregano, pomi tomatoes, salt , pepper and red chilli powder
- Let the sauce boil for about 10 minutes , be careful that the sauce doesn’t burn
- Finish off with a good glug of olive oil , stir it in
- Combine the mince and sauce then boil for another 10 minutes
- Boil spaghetti with salt and olive oil, then strain and set aside
- To plate, place your spaghetti first, then pour the Bolognese sauce over
- If you like you can grate some cheese over the top
If you have the time I suggest you prepare a fresh tomato sauce, using a mixture of heirloom tomatoes and roma tomatoes. Bake in the oven whole, with small piercings in the flesh. Bake until soft and thereafter blend together and add salt for seasoning.
I love this recipe it’s quick and easy and it’s simply irresistible.