Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Bolognese Bake

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You'd think that now we're in the summer holidays, I would have all this spare time for making fancy, elaborate dinners. Doesn't seem to quite work out that way somehow! 

This bolognese bake fitted the bill of a comforting pasta meal on a rather cool summer evening last week, with plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. Pasta, mixed together with a rich, meaty bolognese sauce and topped with grated mature cheese, makes a very tasy dinner. I find that mature cheese is essential to really complement the flavour of the bolognese. It makes a delicious meal, especially when served with a salad and some garlic bread. Just look at the cheese when it's all melted and crspy around the edges!

Bolognese Bake with cheese melted on the top

I tend to keep my bolognese sauce fairly simple and reasonably close to traditional, but if you're trying to sneak some extra veg in for your children, go ahead! Mushrooms, carrot or peas could easily be added to up the veg factor. 

This recipe is Slimming World Friendly and syn free if you leave out the red wine, use spray oil and save your HEX A for the cheese (reduced fat cheddar). If you use lean mince instead of extra lean, then it will be 2 syns per portion.

Bolognese Bake pinnable image

Make Bolognese Bake

For a printable verion of the Bolognese Bake recipe click here: Bolognese Bake

Ingredients
(serves 4)

400g extra lean minced beef
400g pasta
1 onion
400g tinned tomatoes
150ml beef stock
2 cloves of garlic, crushed
3 tbsp red wine
1tbsp olive oil
1tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp oregano
120g grated mature cheddar

Method

1. Heat the oil on medium heat in a large saucepan.
2. Chop the onion and add to the pan with the garlic until softened.
3. Add the mince, breaking it up a little and stirring occasionally until browned, with no visible pink.
4. Add the wine and stir well.
5. Add the tomatoes, oregano and the tomatoes puree and stir through.
6. Add the beef stock. bring to the boil and then turn down the heat to a simmer for 20 minutes or until thickened and glossy.
7. In the meantime, bring the pasta to the boil and cook for about 5 minutes, until partially softened.
8. Drain the pasta and pour into a large casserole dish.
9. Pour the bolognese sauce over the pasta and gently stir through, ensuring it's well distributed.
10. Sprinkle the grated cheese over the top evenly.
11. Pop the dish in the oven at 190 (180 fan, gas mark 4) for 25-30 minutes or until the top is crispy and browned.
12. Serve with a side salad and garlic bread.

Bolognese sauce and pasta in casserole dish
Mix the pasta and bolognese together, hopefully with less mess than I made!

Bolognese Bake with grated cheese on top
Sprinkle the grated cheddar over the top
Bolognese Bake straight from the oven
All golden and crisp on the top- mmmm!


Bolognese Bake being served

Bolognese Bake with some served



Serving of Bolognese Bake


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