Saturday, January 18, 2014

Spaghetti Bolognese

Spaghetti Bolognese is a classic popular Italian that uses beef broth and wine to create a sweet and savory beef flavor.  The trick to this sauce is to allow the onions, garlic, tomatoes, ground beef, wine and beef broth to slowly simmer and thicken over several minutes.  Simmering the meat in the broth with oregano and bay leaf spices is what gives this popular dish its distinct flavor.

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes


2 Tablespoons Olive Oil (divided)
1 Medium Onion chopped
3 Garlic Cloves chopped
1 Carrot peeled and diced
6 oz. Ground Beef
Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper
1/2 Cup Red Wine
12 oz Tomato Sauce
1.5 Cups Beef Broth divided
1 Teaspoon Oregano
1 Bay Leaf
12 oz. Spaghetti
1 Cup Tomatoes quartered
Parmesan Cheese grated (optional)
1/4 Parsley chopped to garnish (optional)

In large deep skillet with a lid, place the olive oil over high heat until it shimmers. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent (about 5 minutes). Add the garlic and carrots and sauté the ingredients for another 2 minutes.   Add in the ground beef and stir fry until meat is well broken up and browned on all sides.  Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.  Pour in the wine, tomato sauce and 1/2 cup beef broth, oregano and bay leaf.  Stir the ingredients together, bring the skillet to a boil and then reduce the heat to a slow simmer.  Cover the skillet and let simmer for 25 minutes adding 1/2 cup of beef broth at a time as the sauce begins to thicken.

As the sauce simmers, begin cooking the spaghetti.  Cook the spaghetti according to the instructions on the package and set aside.  Tip: drizzling a little olive oil over cooked noodles and stirring the noodles together will keep the noodles separate and prevent the noodles from sticking to each other and clumping.

After the sauce has been simmered for 25 minutes and all the beef broth has been incorporated into the sauce, stir in the quartered tomatoes into the sauce.  Cover the skillet again and let simmer for 8 more minutes.

To serve, plate the noodles on plates with the bolognese sauce poured over.  The noodles can be served with parmesan cheese on the side and chopped parsley to garnish.  Enjoy

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