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Bolognaise base recipe

Bolognaise base recipe
Dinner

SERVES:
4
DIFFICULTY:
Easy
PREP TIME:
10 minutes
COOK TIME:
25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 500 g lean beef mince
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 large carrot, finely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400 g can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup (250ml) beef stock
  • cup basil leaves, torn
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Method

  • Heat oil in a large non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add garlic, carrot and celery and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  • Add mince and cook for 5 minutes or until browned. Add tomato paste,tomatoes, thyme, Worcestershire and stock and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce heat and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until sauce has thickened to your desired consistency. Season to taste and stir through basil leaves.

Notes

TIPS
  • The mince base can be used for pasta dishes, tacos, quesadillas, chilli con carne, bowl meals or nachos, to name a few.
  • Serve with pasta that is cooked al dente, as pasta that is cooked al dente is lower GI and has a slower glycemic response than pasta that is overcooked.
  • Add some chilli flakes or fresh chilli for a spicier mince.
  • The mince base also freezes well – make a double batch and pop half in the freezer.
 
Recipe supplied by the MLA.
 

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