Who doesn’t love a deliciously rich & flavourful bolognese sauce?!
I know I do!
When I hosted my very first dinner party (one of my 101 in 1001 goals!) a little while ago, I knew I wanted to do a delicious, winter-friendly Italian meal. I started with an elevated bruschetta – recipe coming soon to the blog, it was literally eaten before I could photograph it! – then a different take on a classic spaghetti bolognese. I chose tagliatelle instead to give the dish a new twist & with seconds asked for & clean bowls, I think my guests were very satisfied!
What you’ll need (for 8 people):
Two packets of tagliatelle pasta
3 cloves of garlic
2-3 stalks, celery
400g beef mince (at least!)
2 400g canned tomatoes
tomato paste (up to you how much you add – I use tons, I love it!)
Dried herbs – oregano, thyme, marjoram are great!
Parmesan cheese, grated
First of all, chop up your onions & celery, mince your garlic & grate your carrot. Then start heating up oil in a large shallow saucepan. Start cooking the onion first then when it’s translucent you can start adding the carrot, garlic & celery.
Next, add in the mince meat. Break it up with a fork & make sure it’s all cooked through & browned nicely.
Add the canned tomatoes & mix them all in nicely with the meat & pour in a splash of red wine. Keep the sauce cooking for around half an hour or so for the alcohol to completely cook off. Then you can add the tomato paste & dried herbs. Add the tomato paste a bit at a time – tasting as you go. I’m not going to lie, I love this stuff & I add tons of it!
Start cooking your pasta in a big tall pot & when it’s almost cooked, drain it then put it back into the same pot. Add the sauce & mix it all around!
Then you’re ready to serve! Pile heaping, steaming saucy pasta into warmed bowls & dinner is done! Drop a metric ton of grated Parmesan on top & you are ready to go!