Ours is a simple and classic bolognese made with carrot and celery as its base. By it’s very nature it is a lovely comforting protein packed dish for all the family, with immune supporting onion, garlic & carrots and antioxidant rich tomatoes. It also freezes brilliantly. Enjoy!
Makes up to 8 portions
- 500g lean organic beef mince
- 1 tin 400g chopped tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste/puree
- 2 small carrots, grated
- 1 onion, grated
- 1 large celery stalk, grated
- 1-2 cloves garlic pasted
- oregano (optional)
- 3-400ml water or stock
- Olive oil
Start by placing a large saucepan onto the heat and adding a little olive oil. When the pan has warmed up add in the grated onions and sweat until softened. Next add in the grated celery and carrots and again allow to soften and break down – this will take up to 5-10 minutes. Take all out of the pan and place into a bowl whilst you get on with browning the mince.
Place the pan back onto the heat and if the pan is dry add a small dash of oil. When the pan is warm add in the minced beef and brown. Browning means allowing the outside of the mince to turn a nice brown/caramelised colour. Colour tends to equal flavour in cooking therefore this stage is key. Continue to stir the mince around, breaking up any lumps and ensuring it is browned all the way through.
Return the carrots, onions and celery back to the pan and stir.
Next add in the tomato puree and the garlic paste and cook briefly ensuring they don’t burn. Sprinkle in the oregano.
Pour in the chopped tomatoes and water/stock and mix all together. Allow to sit and simmer gently on a low heat for up to 15 minutes, stirring every so often to prevent it sticking on the base of the pan. It will thicken and reduce down, leaving a lovely rich sauce. If the acidity from the tomatoes is a too much, simply add a small dash of brown sugar or maple to take the edge off.
Enjoy with some wholewheat or brown rice pasta.
Remember this freezes brilliantly and doesn’t have to eaten with just pasta – it’s also delicious with baked sweet potatoes or rice.
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