I love pasta.
I think most of us have those meals that we look forward to on a cold day for warmth and heart, and for me, bolognese is one of those meals.
The good thing about this recipe is that it can be used for bolognese or for lasagna, and it tastes amazing whichever way you want to eat it.
500g lean beef mince
800g chopped tomatoes (2 tins)
125ml red wine
1/2 tube tomato purée
1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 stick celery
1/2 white onion
1 clove garlic
2 tbsp herbs (basil, thyme, rosemary, parsley)
Parmesan rind (optional)
1. Start by food processing the carrot, onion, celery and garlic. This is known as a mirepoix and is the basis of many sauces. Sweat this mixture in a pan with oil for 5-8 minutes until fragrant and soft. Add herbs and stir.
2. Add beef mince and brown the meat.
3. Add wine, Worcestershire sauce and tomato purée and stir together for a few minutes.
4. Add chopped tomatoes, and a Parmesan rind if you have one. This isn’t essential however it adds some amazing flavour to the dish.
5. Simmer for at least 1 hour. Remove the Parmesan rind.
6. Enjoy inside your lasagna or atop spaghetti for a beautiful bolognese!