Pasta Bolognese

Overview

Ingredients

Notes

Recipe for 2 adults, 1 child for two days

Prep time 15-20 min / Cook time the longer, the better

Pasta Bolognese has always been one of our favourite dishes because – no matter how critical my son is of new dishes – it was accepted practically from the start. Probably because the step from ketchup to bolognese sauce was just about acceptable 😄. In my opinion, the nice thing about pasta Bolognese is that it is easy enough to cook, yet versatile, popular, great for freezing leftovers and the best thing about this dish: it always tastes a little better the second day!

Bolognese can be prepared with or without meat, can be combined with rice, pasta or lentils and, apart from just “pasta with tomato sauce”, it is ideal in a lasagne or pasta bake, but also with stuffed peppers and many other dishes. We have also used small amounts of leftovers as a substitute for regular tomato sauce on pizza – that really adds an extra dose of flavour!

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Preparation

  1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add minced garlic and chopped onion. Sauté until the onion becomes translucent.
  2. Add minced beef to the pan. Cook until browned, breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  3. Add diced carrots and zucchini. Cook for a few minutes until they start to soften.
  4. Pour in the minced tomatoes, passata, and tomato paste. Stir well to combine.
  5. Season with mixed herbs, salt, and pepper according to your taste. Simmer on low heat for at least 20-30 minutes (more = always better) to allow the flavors to meld. Whenever we have the time, we let the sauce simmer for at least 60 minutes, which has a really positive effect on the flavour.
  6. While the sauce is simmering, cook the pasta according to package instructions.
  7. Once the sauce has thickened and the vegetables are tender, serve it over the cooked pasta.
  8. Garnish with fresh herbs or grated Parmesan if desired.

Enjoy your homemade Pasta Bolognese!

Tipps

It really makes a difference if you leave the sauce on the stove a little longer. The taste will be much better.

Prepare the Bolognese in advance if possible. We all know that kids can go from “not hungry at all” to “close to starvation” and then all you have to do is prepare the pasta.

It can be a lot of fun to prepare the pasta yourself beforehand, although it does involve a little more effort. However, you and the kids are sure to have a lot of fun, especially if you colour the dough with a little food colouring. You can also experiment with different pasta shapes. You don’t necessarily need a pasta machine for this. Simply roll out the dough thinly with a rolling pin, using plenty of flour, and then shape it into the desired form. The result is impressive and definitely quite unique!

Pasta Bolognese in the form of spooky pasta is also very popular at Halloween. Simply prepare a few extra meatballs and decorate them with candy eyes, olives or similar to turn an everyday dish into a really spooky eye-catcher.

 

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