Monday 26 February 2018

Bolognese – make it in bulk, save it for later

Grainne Cunningham

Simple Bolognese sauce, which can be made up in bulk and frozen in single portions to be teamed with a baked potato or pasta for a quick nutritious meal.

Ingredients:

450g of round mince

One large red onion

2/3 cloves of garlic

Tomato purée

Two tins of chopped tomatoes

Two tbsp of soft cream cheese

Optional one spoon of brown sugar or a few drops of Tabasco sauce

Also optional seasoning.

Gently fry the onion and garlic until soft. Set aside.

Thoroughly brown the meat in the same pan, for about seven-10 mins.

Return the onion/garlic mix to the pan. Add in the tomatoes and 2/3 tbsp of puree.

Turn the heat up until the sauce begins to bubble and then turn it down and allow to simmer for about 20 mins.

Throw in a spoon of sugar to bring out the flavour of the tomatoes or a few drops of Tabasco for some extra zing. If you like a creamier sauce, add the cream cheese (it keeps longer than crème fraîche and the effect is similar).

When cool, divide into plastic containers, eat some and freeze some. This sauce is also the basic mix for lasagne. Simply layer it between the dry pasta in a large shallow dish and finish with sauce topped with grated cheese.

Heat for about 20 minutes in the oven before serving.

Irish Independent

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