Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Donna Hay's Spaghetti Bolognese

It was the hubby's birthday yesterday. Instead of going out for dinner to celebrate, Mike requested that I cook spaghetti bolognese for the main course and mango float for dessert. Spaghetti Bolognese is one of his favorite pasta dishes and  probably the most famous Italian pasta sauce.

Since I'm a big fan of the show Fast, Fresh and Simple, I checked out Donna Hay's recipes for pasta online and found what I was looking for.

Spaghetti Bolognese:


- 2 tbsps olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- 1 kg beef mince
- 2 cans (400 g) chopped tomatoes
- 1/3 cup (90 g) tomato paste
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 cups (500 ml) beef stock
- sea salt and cracked black pepper
- 400 g spaghetti
- flat leaf parsley leaves to serve
- shaved parmesan, to serve

Note: I wasn't able to buy flat leaf parsley leaves at the grocery store because it was out of stock so I decided to serve the pasta dish without it.


- Heat a large deep frying pan over high heat. Add the oil, onion and garlic and cook for 1 minute or until the onion is soft. Add the mince and cook for 5 minutes, breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon.

Add the tomato paste and cook, stirring to combine. Add the tomatoes, stock, bay leaf, salt and pepper and stir to combine.

Bring to the boil, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 1 hour or until thickened.

Place the pasta in a saucepan of salted boiling water and cook for 10-12 minutes or until al dente. Drain and keep warm. Divide between bowls and top with the Bolognese, parsley and parmesan. Serves 4.

and here's our finished product...

Spaghetti Bolognese the Donna Hay way!

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