Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Bolognese with a twist!

Hello my lovelies, so last night Ed and I decided to cook for the family. We love Bolognese so we decided to cook Marco Pierre's recipe which is amazing as it contains chocolate!

We altered the recipe slightly, you will need: 

1 medium onion
2 cloves of garlic
1–2tbsp olive oil
500g lean minced beef
175ml red wine (optional)
175ml water
1 Knorr Beef Stock Pot
1tsp tomato puree
400g chopped tomatoes
200ml tomato passata
Splash of olive oil
50g cherry tomatoes
10g dark chocolate
½ small red chilli chopped
Fresh basil and Parmesan to garnish
300g spaghetti

  1. Chop the onion as possible. By chopping finely it allows all the flavours to be released into the bolognese. 
  2. Take the garlic cloves (you can use as much or as little as you like), crush them with the back of your knife and then slice them finely. Once sliced, add a little salt to the slices. Using the back of your knife again, mash it into a paste. The salt helps to get the paste really smooth and fine, but you can just use a garlic crusher or a food processor.
  3. Add a generous amount of olive oil to a large saucepan or stove-top casserole. Over a low heat add the garlic and onion. 
  4. Add the beef and cook to render the fat out of it. If there is excess fat, you can simply pour it off and then proceed to make your bolognese.
  5. Seal off the mince – by doing this you evaporate off all the water, which intensifies the flavour of the beef. Work the beef by stirring it thoroughly, lifting the meat to break down all the lumps for a smooth sauce. 
  6. Add the red wine (this is optional) and evaporate off. Add the water and the Beef Knorr Stock Pot and evaporate off. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and passata and evaporate off. 
  7. Let the sauce cook for 60–90 minutes, slowly, with the lid on.
  8. Meanwhile, bring a large pan of water to the boil for the pasta, seasoning the water with a splash of olive oil. Cook according to pack instructions. Drain. 
  9. Your bolognese is now ready to finish by grating the chocolate in.

Serve with the spaghetti, top with the fresh basil and finish with Parmesan cheese.

This recipe tasted amazing you should definitely give it a go! the chocolate gives the meal an extra something, I loved it.

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