This is one of those mid-week meals that are easy, simple and a cunning way to get vegetables into your fussy toddler. I also love the fact that once you have mastered the rich, tomato sauce you can adapt it to suit your tastes. If you don’t want pasta, use spiralised vegetables (butternut squash or courgette work best), if you are vegetarian omit the meat or use quorn. If you are busy in the day, use a slow cooker and come home to very little left to do.
- Olive or coconut oil
- 1 onion finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic
- 300g mince – I used lamb
- 1 courgette
- 5-6 mushrooms chopped (you could also use celery and carrot)
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbs tomato purée
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp dried mixed herbs
- Fresh basil chopped( 1 handful) and a few leaves to garnish if you are feeling cheffy
- Optional small glass of red wine. (125ml)
- 200g dried pasta or spiralised veg.
- Heat some oil in a heavy bottomed pan, And gently fry the onions, crushed garlic clove, mushroom and courgette for about 8 -10 minutes over a medium heat until the veg has softened.
- Turn up the heat and add the mince and brown off the meat.
- Stir in the tomato purée
- If you are using a slow cooker at this point I put this into the dish. I then add all the other ingredients apart from the pasta, give it all a good stir, and leave to cook on the low setting for at least 6 hours.
- If using the cooker method now stir in the tinned tomatoes, dried herbs, basil and wine . Let the sauce heat until you have a gentle simmer. Turn the heat down, put a lid on and let it gently ” plop” for about 15 minutes.
- Stir occasionally so it doesn’t catch.
- In another pan heat some water for your pasta. Cook your pasta or vegetable spaghetti according to the packers instructions.
- I like to add a spoonful of the pasta water to the sauce- the starch gives it a silky texture but you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.
- A few minutes before serving you can also stir some Parmesan cheese into the sauce if you like.
- Drain the pasta and serve with a generous spoonful (or two) of your Bolognese on top.
- Garnish with fresh basil.
If you didn’t use the wine in the dish- have it now with your dinner you deserve it. I should add I served this with dough balls from Tescos new dough mix. See Here for the link.
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoy the recipe.