Tasty Beef Bolognese
Spaghetti bolognese is a go-to weeknight classic. Packed full of vegetables for a rich texture, with all the health benefits. Red wine can be added for extra depth of flavour.
100g onion, diced
100g carrot, diced
100g celery, diced
100g zucchini, diced
2 tbsp parsley, chopped
1 tbsp oil
2 cans chopped tomatoes
2-3 tbsp tomato puree
½ cup red wine (optional)
2 bay leaves
Salt & pepper
2 tbsp garlic paste
500g beef mince
2 cups beef stock (homemade or store-bought)
Heat olive oil in a large saucepan or pressure cooker. Add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and fry for 10 mins or until browned.
Increase the heat to medium/ high, add the beef mince and cook stirring for 3-4 mins until the meat is browned.
Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, zucchini, stock, parsley, bay leaves, and red wine (optional). Stir well to combine.
Bring to the boil, reduce to a gentle simmer, and cover with a lid. Cook for 45 mins if using a pressure cooker, or 1-3 hours stirring regularly if using a regular pot, until you have a rich and creamy sauce. Remove bay leaves and season to taste.
The bolognese can be cooked in one hour, but the longer you cook it, the more flavour it will develop. Tip - make a double batch of the Bolognese sauce to freeze leftovers for a make-ahead meal, or to kickstart a super speedy classic beef Lasagna.
Calories 242, Fat 8 grams, Sodium 442 milligrams, Cholesterol 74 milligrams, Carbs 11.4 grams, Protein 27.4 grams