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my ultimate comfort bolognese.

A comforting Italian inspired bolognese recipe, ideal to batch cook for an easy midweek meal. Combining pork and beef mince, this hearty recipe goes towards your five a day with sweet, softened red peppers and slightly salty black olives. Serve up with your favourite pasta and a good grating of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Though for me it has to be spaghetti. Classic.

Shopping list.
(Makes around six portions)
♥ One large white onion, peeled and diced
♥ Two garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
♥ 400g pork mince
♥ 400g beef mince
♥ One red pepper, de-seeded and sliced
♥ 100ml beef stock
♥ 400ml chopped tomatoes 2 tbsp tomato puree
2 tsp red chilli flakes
♥ 2 dried bay leaves
♥ A dash of Henderson's Relish or Worcester sauce
♥ 50ml red wine (optional)
80g black olives
♥ Salt and pepper to taste
♥ Parmesan cheese to serve
♥ 60g of your favourite pasta per portion

Step one. In a large pan, begin by softening your onions in a knob of butter for 10 minutes on a low heat.

Step two. Add in the garlic and meat. Cook until the pork and beef are browned.

Step three. Add in the pepper, stock, tomatoes, puree, chilli, Hendersons, bay leaves and optional red wine. Simmer away or at least 30 minutes.

Step four. Add in the olives and season to taste. Cook for a further ten minutes.

Step five. If you're cooking to eat now, now is the time to pop on your pasta for around 10-12 minutes according to packet instructions.

Serve up with grated cheese and black pepper. Remember to remove the bay leaves!

It will keep or up to 3 days in the fridge (why so tasty the next day?!) or a month in the freezer.

What is your favourite bolognese recipe? Do you have a secret ingredient or an old family recipe you always use?


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