Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Easiest Bolognese Ever



Ingredients:
1 onion chopped
3 cloves garlic crushed
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
3 vine ripe tomatoes pureed 
1 heaping tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine (your choice; I use Pinot Noir because I like to enjoy a glass with this meal as well)
1-2 tablespoons of your favorite fresh herbs chopped (I used sage this time.  Love oregano and basil too.)
1 lb organic, grass-fed, lean ground beef or lamb
Red-hot pepper flakes and salt to taste
A touch of your favorite shaved/grated cheese...Parmesan, Romano, Asiago (or I use all 3!)



Directions:

Chop onion as seen below:





Heat olive oil in skillet and add garlic:





And onion, and sautĂ© together well:





Add red-hot pepper flakes to taste and stir in well with onion/garlic mixture:





Once onions are translucent, as seen below....:





Add lamb or beef to skillet and salt to taste:





And brown meat until no pink areas are visible:


Note: once finished browning, if there is residual oil in the skillet, you can dispose of it now



Now take your vine ripe tomatoes, slice as seen below and puree in food processor:





Once tomatoes are pureed, add to meat/onion/garlic mixture and stir well:





Next, add tomato paste and stir well:





And finally, add wine and fresh herbs and stir well (once mixture boils bring burner down to low-medium and allow to simmer for about 10-15 minutes; you can adjust salt at this time if needed).  Serve on a bed of whole wheat pasta of your choice cooked according to the box directions (and tossed in olive oil and a touch of salt), top with shaved cheese and garnish with fresh herbs.


Truly, the perfect comfort food.

PS- if you're going vegetarian, and looking for a tasty marinara sauce just follow all the steps above and omit the meat!  Just as yummy!






2 comments:

Anonymous said...

looks great
-erin-

Solmaz said...

Thanks Erin- hope you have a chance to make and enjoy soon!