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Bolognese Pasta Sauce

by Krista Jewett (follow)
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This is a very easy and healthy bolognese sauce for pasta that is also the base for my lasagne recipe. It freezes well and can be re-heated either in the microwave or on the stove (with a little added water or extra pasata sauce) for a quick dinner.



Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time: 1-2 hours
Makes: 12 servings

Ingredients
1 tbsp olive oil
500 g lean ground beef
1 medium-sized white onion (~1 cup), diced
3 medium-sized cloves garlic, minced
1 cup mushrooms, chopped
3 tbsp tomato paste
800 g can diced tomatoes
1 L pasata or tomato sauce
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
2 tbsp dried basil
2 tbsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp red pepper (or chili) flakes
4 bay leaves
Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 cup cold water
1/8 cup all-purpose flour

Method
In a large pot, heat the olive oil on a medium setting
Add the ground beef and cook until browned


Add the onions and garlic and sauté until clear, about 4 minutes



Add the mushrooms and cook for a further 2 minutes
Add the tomato paste, stir it in and cook for 1 minute (this brings out the flavour in the tomato)
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, spinach, basil, oregano, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes and bay leaves - give it a good stir




Put the lid on, turn down to a low setting and simmer for at least an hour (I usually do for at least 2 hours), stirring occasionally


If sauce needs thickening, add cold water to a small liquid-tight container
Add the flour, put the lid on and shake vigorously (to avoid clumping)
Pour the mixture slowly into the bolognese sauce as you are stirring
Cook for a further 10 minutes

Serve with your favourite pasta or use in my lasagne recipe

Categories
#Dinner
#Pasta
#Tomatoes
#Beef
#Sauce
#Healthy
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