Friday 29 January 2010

Spaghetti Bolognese (Spaghetti à la bolognaise)

This is a wonderful one-pot meal that I cook regularly at home, a classic among the Pasta , rich in proteins and tomatoes, the sauce is healthy (if ingredients are added in a correct proportion) and very simple to prepare, kids’ favorite, ideal for a family meal(when you have to cook for an army) and a hassle-free delicious dish to enjoy with your family, what more would I need to add?

In fact, this preparation seems to have nothing to do with Bologna (Italy), contrary to the name “Bolognese” but rather an international version of the traditional Italain “Ragù alla Bolognese”. However, I’ve managed to bring the flavors, fragrances and colors from Italy on my table, with this French version (source: my Larousse cookbook) and I’m sure this dish would certainly entice even the most discerning palates!!!!

Ingredients: (serves 4):

500 g spaghetti
Parmesan
For the sauce:

2 onions
4 garlic cloves
2 carrots
1 Kg tomatoes
4 tbsp olive oil
400g ground beef
400g ground pork
250 ml milk
400 ml white wine (dry)
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 bouquet garni (parsley, thyme and bay leaf )
2 green chilies
salt and fresh pepper
500 ml water

Preparation:

Chop garlic, onion very finely.
Cut the carrots into tiny cubes.
Peel and deseed the tomatoes and chop them finely. Chop the tomatoes finely.

Heat the oil in a double bottomed vessel, sauté the garlic, onions, green chilies and carrots, by stirring now and then, until they become tender. (We’re not going to let them brown)

Add the ground meat and fry for about 5 minutes until they change color. (Crumble the meat well with a spatula while frying the meat to avoid lumps)
Add the milk and let it cook for another 5 minutes until the mixture becomes almost dry.
Add the wine and continue cooking until evaporation.

Add the tomatoes while stirring well followed by the tomato puree, the bouquet garni, salt and pepper. Add water, taste and correct if necessary. When it boils, simmer to low medium, cover and let it cook slowly for about 1h30 to 2 hours or until the sauce thickens. (Stir once in a while; at this stage, the cooking should be done very slowly, the longer, the better will be the sauce. If you let the sauce boil, then your meat will harden)

Remove the bouquet garni, rectify the taste if necessary.

Cook the spaghetti as per the instructions, drain and serve the spaghetti topped with the sauce along with some grated parmesan.
Wine suggestion: Mâcon supérieur /Anjou - Gamay /Chianti /Côtes du Rhône
Enjoy!!!

29 comments:

Bong Mom said...

Looks darn good. What is bouquet garni ? Just the herbs or herbs in a cloth bag or something

Jean's Saappadu said...

Hello Bong Mom,

bouquet garni is just the dry herbs, may be tied together or else knotted in a muslin cloth, so that you can remove the herbs later ( it's done just to avoid getting them in the mouth) ... you may also put fresh herbs (chopped very finely in that case)...

have a great week -end !!!

Asha said...

Oh, my kids would jump all over that plate of yummy dish, looks great!

Varsha Vipins said...

I really love that Bolognese sauce..well anything with beef in it,for that matter..slurp with all those Spaghetti..:)

Vrinda said...

Spaghetti looks perfect and yum,i am not a fan of these,but ur pic looks so good...

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Hey,
I am not a beef eater. I guess I can give this a shot with pork and turkey.A perfectly hearty meal for nasty-weather days. This with some red wine on the side should do the trick.

Cham said...

Ca fait des annees que j'ai goute Bolognese! Yum:)

Priya said...

Vino, spaghetti bolognese..its has been a long i prepared at home...tempting dish..

Nostalgia said...

Very cool.. I wish I could just eat pasta and noodles without any guilt everyday. Loved your dish and thanks for infomation on bologna...

suvaiyaana suvai said...

I do same like veg!!

Sushma Mallya said...

Lovely click...will try doing a veg version of this one...

Soma Pradhan said...

Lovely recipe...Wanted tomake it since a long time..Never got the courage...urs looks yummy

TREAT AND TRICK said...

Wow this looks yummy and great presentation too, used to cook this but slightly differ from yours.

AdukalaVishesham said...

tres bien! looks mouth watering and bon appetite..

Tina said...

Never tried this....Looks mouthwatering and beautiful..

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

L'un de mes plats de pâtes préférés.
A bientôt.

Shama Nagarajan said...

different one dear...yummy

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

We had spaghetti and chicken balls for dinner yesterday...if I had know that u will be post the recipe ..I would have tried which looks very delicious and mouth-watering...

Gita said...

I completely agree with you...this is definitely a healthy dish...packed with protein and looks delicious too...I can try this ground turkey and chicken...good one :)

Malar Gandhi said...

Looks and sounds very authentic, yes I agree perfect one pot meal, very healthy as well...if the sauce is homemade, heaven:) Good to see meaty version, just love it.:)

Fimère said...

I offer you a price you find on my blog, because I find your blog very nice
I love to visit it
see you

vineetha said...

Never tried this one but ur temting pics invites me try this out.

Viki's Kitchen said...

Always love one pot meal very much. Spaghetti looks very cute and I can smell it even from here:)

Sarah Naveen said...

Oh wow!!! that looks terrific and super yummy!!!!

Latha said...

Lovely click....Looks yumm...

Sashi said...

Looks nice Vino, lovely recipe.

Mythreyi Dilip said...

Dish looks too tempting, can u pass me that delicious plate;)

nandini.p said...

Can i make the sauce with minced mutton?.. Looking at urs is making me hungry!

Jean's Saappadu said...

hello Nandini,

with minced mutton it would taste definitely good!!! long time no see, romba busy-aa? will mail you later !!

Post a Comment

Thank you so much for your visit and for taking the time to add your comments and suggestions!!