SPAGHETTI BOLOGNAISE INSPIRED BY RHIANNON LAMBERT
For Rhiannon spaghetti bolognaise was the first dish she learnt to cook and I think it’s the same for a lot of people. She was taught by her mother and it’s such a lovely thought to think of mama’s all over the world teaching their children to cook bolognaise. Not to say papa’s cant make brilliant bolognaise too, they just don’t feature in this particular picture I’m painting.
There are as many recipes for spaghetti bolognaise as there are stars in the sky. Isn’t that how the saying goes?
The point is, there are a lot. They are all of course similar but they are also different in tiny ways. A little dash of this, or a small bit of that, this added before that and that added after this can make the world of difference to the taste of your bolognaise.
The one thing that the majority of recipes all agree on is that you must allow your bolognaise to cook for a long time. It doesn’t have to be 3 hours, but it really does have to be at least 45 minutes. This is the time needed to really reduce the liquid and to get the most flavoursome bolognaise, which is key. You can cook a very quick version in 20 minutes or so, it is theoretically possible but that doesn’t mean it should be done. Take the time just once to really let your bolognaise cook and you won’t look back. The good news is that there is very little hands on time with a bolognaise and it’s mainly just bubbling away doing it’s thing while you put your feet up (hopefully).
You can play around and add pancetta, or a splash of red wine, you can even add cocoa powder. But this is my go-to basic recipe and I love it. I don’t think I’ve ever made this for anyone without their eyes widening like saucers and them begging me for the recipe. You can’t ask for more than that from a recipe, can you?
I like mine piled high with grated parmesan cheese and served with a glass of red wine or a beer straight from the fridge. Utterly heavenly. My fiancée is a big fan of the double carb so we do often have ours with garlic bread which is gluttonous but delicious. And the bolognaise sauce itself is gorgeous on it’s own with a side of parmesan roasted broccoli and sprouts if you don’t fancy the spaghetti…
I like to make this amount of mince even if its just me or for supper for two because it freezes wonderfully and I love having it in the freezer so I know I’m only ever minutes away from eating something really delicious.
Find the recipe here.
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