How to Cook Spaghetti Bolognese the Easy Way
Spaghetti is one meal that’s quite easy to prepare and you can have it cooked and served in 30 minutes or less. Here’s how to cook spaghetti bolognese the easy way when you’re pressed for time.
Each month, I make it a habit to learn how to cook one recipe to perfection and for last month, my recipe of choice was spaghetti bolognese.
I love this recipe for a few reasons, chief of which are:
- It is super fast to prepare ( my lifesaver when I need to make a quick meal for hubby but don’t have a lot of time).
- It is rich as it comes packed with a few classes of nutrients.
Even a novice can learn this recipe and have it perfected in two to three tries. Here’s how to go about the preparation:
How to Cook Spaghetti Bolognese
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 30 Minutes
Serving: 4 Persons
- 400g spaghetti
- 350g minced beef
- 3 large carrots
- 1 large-sized onion (chopped)
- 1 clove garlic (crushed)
- 400g tomato
- 1 teaspoon tomato purée
- 200ml beef stock
- 2 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- I teaspoon butter
- Some cheese (optional)
- Seasoning (salt, ground black pepper, etc)
1) Pour a cup of water into a pot place on high heat; bring to boil then reduce the flame intensity. Next, add a little butter (to prevent the spaghetti from sticking together) and salt.
2) Wash and add your spaghetti and cook until it is firm enough to bite.
3) Take pot off heat, strain the water completely using a colander and then place back on heat. You want to heat the spaghetti to get the water dried up completely. Once done, pour into a warm dish and set aside.
4) We are now onto the part two in our spaghetti bolognese preparation, which is preparing the sauce itself.
5) Pour the olive oil into a saucepan and place on medium heat.
6) Once it has sufficiently heated up (within 2-3 minutes), pour in your chopped onions and garlic and sauté.
7) Next, add in the chopped carrots and allow simmer before adding your minced beef, beef stock, dried oregano, black pepper salt to taste and other seasonings.
8) Add your tomatoes and tomato puree and allow cook for 15 minutes. Remember to stir occasionally so it doesn’t burn.
- As it cooks, taste and adjust whatever seasoning isn’t in the correct quantity until you get the taste just right.
- Serve your spaghetti in a flat dish with the sauce right at the center. Grate your cheese and sprinkle as much as you want on it.
Other Tips When Cooking Spaghetti Bolognese
- You can substitute pork, prawns, chorizo, chicken or turkey for beef when making your bolognese sauce.
- You can deepen the flavour of your spaghetti bolognese by adding 2-3 tablespoons of milk to the sauce as it cooks.
- Spaghetti bolognese is best served with red wine, white wine or beer. So pour yourself a glass of any of these to make your meal a more enjoyable and a memorable one.
- If you are a vegetarian here’s a recipe that wouldn’t include beef or pork. Just replace these with lentils and add a splash or two of soy sauce to get that same deep flavour you would get from the beef.
- This serving is for 3-4 people. If you wish to make for more people all you’d need do is add or multiple the needed ingredients accordingly.