Recipe help :)

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  1. Ceejay123

    Ceejay123 Guest

    I fancy a change tonight, I'll have about 30 minutes prep time and a couple of hours cooking time after taking my lo to the fair tonight.

    I fancy spaghetti bolognese, which I usually also make a lasagna with :) however, I'm bored of the same old recipe, yummy as it is. I fancy a variation.

    So what are your spaghetti bolognese recipes? I'm not a fan of bacon/celery in mine, though I've done it before. It's usually simple, lots of oregano, a little garlic, some thyme.. I've also been told to use an oxo cube before, but never done it. Any ideas? :flower:


    Edit - I can't add red wine as my son will be eating it. X
     
  2. HelenJane

    HelenJane Well-Known Member

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    When I make it, I use canned chopped tomatoes, a couple of cloves of garlic, some herbs, tomatoe puree and the best ingredient so far... Worcestershire sauce! :)
     
  3. huggybear

    huggybear Well-Known Member

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    I chop tiny carrots and celery with the onions in mine, I add the usual garlic, Italian seasoning, tomato purée a knorr beef stock cube and passata sauce rather than tinned tomatoes as I find this makes the sauce a tad sweeter, yummy.
     
  4. Ceejay123

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    I've heard that Worcester sauce makes it taste Lovely, but I've never been a fan of the sauce :( I may have to try that on a small section of it to see what it's like x
     
  5. lindseymw

    lindseymw Mother of two boys

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    Can of chopped tomatoes + a carton of Passata (either with garlic/onion/basil in it)
    Garlic
    Herbs (usually dried)
    Onion Powder
    Grated mushrooms and carrots
    Worcestershire sauce (a must!)

    I fry the mince, drain the fat then add a Oxo cube.

    ETA: I sometimes add a dollop of brown sauce in too. Sounds odd but it is very nice!

    In all honesty, I usually go through my cupboards and add random things in.
     
  6. Ceejay123

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    I've never grated carrot in mine because I'm not a fan of veggies :$ but I've been thinking about it because of lo. Can you taste the carrot? X
     
  7. lindseymw

    lindseymw Mother of two boys

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    Not really, that's why I grate them. The kids eat it all up. DH doesn't like mushrooms and so far hasn't complained. I do the same for shepherds pie. I would rather have chunky veg in mine.
     
  8. lindseymw

    lindseymw Mother of two boys

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    Oh I sometimes put in Bernard Matthews Smoked Sausage (or Lidl's own) in it too (not particularly healthy but tastes nice :rofl:)
     
  9. wishuwerehere

    wishuwerehere dh, me and 2dds

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    I like to make a veggie version by replacing mince with red lentils then adding cubed carrots, celery, courgette etc. Could add mushrooms but i don't like them!
     
  10. x Michelle x

    x Michelle x loves her babies

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    Ooooh, I make a chorizio one and it's the scrummiest thing ever!

    Chorizio Ragu

    Ingredients:
    250g mince
    1 Chorizio sausage (200g i think!)
    1 can chopped tomatoes
    tomato puree
    olive oil
    1 onion (diced)
    2 cloves garlic (chopped, squished etc)
    glug of red wine
    fresh flat leaf parsely
    Dried or fresh Thyme - optional
    Bay leaf - optional
    pine nuts
    real parmesan (for garnish)

    Linguine

    ok:
    Mince your chorizio (bung in food processor, blender or chop really small by hand)
    fry your chorizio until cooked (use a heavy pan, i use a Le Crueset)
    Use a slatted spoon to remove chorizio from the pan, leaving the oil in the pan and put chorizio in a bowl.
    Cook your diced onion and garlic in the pan with the chorizio oil, add a dash of olive oil
    Once onion is soft, add your beef mince to the pan and cook
    Once mince is cooked, add the cooked chorizio back in
    Add: Tin of chopped tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of tomato puree, glug of red wine, some chopped parsley, thyme, bay leaf, salt and pepper to season
    Cook on a low heat for 40ish minutes.

    Once its cooked, serve over Linguine, with toasted pine nuts, fresh chopped parsely and parmesan

    Enjoy
     
  11. x Michelle x

    x Michelle x loves her babies

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    Oh, I'm sure you can leave the red wine out, but I've always left it in and have fed this to my daughter from about 1 year old... I'm sure it either cooks out, or knocks her out lol!
     
  12. XcupcakeX

    XcupcakeX Well-Known Member

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    The alcohol will evaporate so that wouldn't be a problem :)

    I always use an oxo cube, adds to the meatiness!
     
  13. MiniKiwi

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    Alcohol doesn't actually cook off very easily, here's a chart
     

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