About 20 years ago, I dated this really great guy whose Dad happened to be a Five Star Chef and his Mum was also a cook! I have to admit that even though my Mum was a pretty good cook (all things being relative in an Australian 70’s meat and three veg kinda way) I really learned to cook from from these guys. They gave me an awesome Spaghetti Bolognese recipe that I’ve been making ever since and I have a reputation for making the best ‘Spag Bog’ ever, so much so that when I travel interstate my friends have thrown me into the kitchen to cook for them! Here’s the recipe that I’ve been using for the last 20 odd years, and it’s also the easiest and simplest recipe ever! 🙂
1kg minced beef
1 large onion – diced
5 – 6 cloves of garlic – minced/crushed
3 – 4 rashers of short cut bacon – diced
1 can of tomato puree
1 can of tomato supreme
8 – 10 tablespoons of tomato paste
Any pasta of your choice
8 – 10 people depending on how hungry they are!
Lightly fry onions, garlic and bacon in a heavy based pot on 3/4 heat
Cook until onions have gone clear
Add mince meat in 100gm chunks, breaking it up with a spoon as you go
Add tomato puree, tomato supreme and tomato paste BEFORE meat is fully browned
Stir continuously until meat is cooked, continuing to break up any lumps.
Reduce to a simmer for minimum 20 mins, but the longer the better.
Keep coming back to stir so it doesn’t burn to bottom of pot 🙂
Cook pasta of choice as per instructions
Serve with Mediterranean style salad if you’re feeling healthy or loads of garlic bread if you’re not!
PS: Left over Bolognese sauce can double as a quick tomato based meat sauce to make a very tasty lasagne too!