Spaghetti Mafia

TBH I have a lot of work that needs to be done but here’s the thing with me. I would rather do anything than work. I am generally a very “laxed” person. At this current point in time, there’s a 5000-word essay that requires my immediate attention, so I sincerely hope my lecturer doesn’t follow my blog. That being said I cook as a form of procrastination, so I have lots lined up for you all. The first being this new and improved version of my Pasta Sauce/Bolognese. There is a simple and quick recipe here, this version is a tad more complicated and builds a flavor gradient. It’s by no means authentically Italian as I am not Italian, so please just enjoy the fusion of the flavors.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 kg beef mince
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, grated
  • a handful of pitted Kalamata olives
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 green chili, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red chili powder
  • ¼ tsp turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • 2 tsp dried oregano

sauce

  • 1-liter Pomi tomato passata sauce.
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tbsp. sugar
  • 4 fresh basil leaves, diced
  • red chili flakes (optional)

 

method

  1. in a pot warm up the olive oil and gently sauté the onion, carrot, green chili and garlic until the vegetables have softened.
  2. Then add the beef mince along with all the spices and cook until done. mash up the mince as you go along to avoid the formation of big lumps
  3. Once the beef has cooked add the olives.
  4. In a separate pot add 2tbps of olive oil along with the crushed garlic, allow the oil and garlic to infuse.
  5. Then add the Pomi tomato sauce along with the above-mentioned spices and herbs.
  6. Boil this sauce for at least 20 minutes on a low-medium heat so that all the flavors are infused into the sauce.
  7. Then add the cooked beef mince to the sauce (for Bolognese) and boil for another 10 minutes on a medium heat until the sauce and the beef become homogenous.
  8. If you wish to not make a Bolognese, boil the pasta sauce for 30 minutes on a low-medium heat then open it and boil on a higher heat for 10 minutes or until it thickens slightly.
  9. Serve with parmesan, fresh basil and extra chili if you feel necessary.

 

This recipe serves 4 generously. 1 packet of spaghetti should suffice for 4 people. We use quinoa or gluten-free pasta, as we have a complex family comprised of herbivores, multiple food-intolerant individuals and gluten-free/sugar-free/everything free-individuals .

 

This same recipe can be adapted to serve for smaller kids from age 12 months up. All you have to do is remove the

  1. Red chili flakes
  2. Green chili
  3. Reduce the salt quantity
  4. Reduce/remove the sugar

Before serving to your kids consult with your pediatrician first.

 

hasta la Pasta !

Rizwaana

 

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