Super Saucy Bolognese
Here’s a new take on an old favourite. This Bolognese has got lots more sauce than a traditional recipe thanks to the secret ingredient – chicken stock.
Now while you might think of using beef stock with beef mince, the chicken stock works really well at giving a depth of flavour without being too overpowering.
The lemon juice and zest added at the end really lifts the flavours of this dish – be sure not to leave it out.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 medium onions finely chopped
- 2 tsp Minced Garlic
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 carrots very finely chopped and diced
- 2 celery sticks finely diced
- 500 g lean beef mince
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 400 g tin of diced tomatoes
- 4 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 litre chicken stock
- ¼ cup basil or parsley leaves to serve
- Juice and zest of ½ a lemon to serve
- 6 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese to serve
- Heat a large frying pan over med/high heat.
- Warm the oil up and fry the onions, garlic, bay leaves, carrots and celery for around 5 minutes.
- Brown the mince, stirring regularly and breaking up any lumps with a wooden spoon.
- Add in the tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper and stock.
- Bring to the boil, then reduce to a simmer.
- Cook, uncovered, for 90 minutes.
- Stir every 20 minutes.
- When ready to serve, drizzle over the lemon juice and zest.
- Rip up the basil or parsley leaves and throw them over the Bolognese too.
- Serve with the grated Parmesan cheese.
Calories per serve: 255
This Bolognese recipe can be served in so many ways, and here are a few ideas.
- With your favourite pasta
- With a crunchy green salad
- As a topping for a baked potato (sweet potato is great for this)
- As a filling in a wrap
- With melted cheese on top as a burrito
- With some cous cous or brown rice
- As a base for some home made nachos