My favourite bolognaise sauce

Ahh what a lovely evening it has been. I well and truly got my ‘walk on’ today, with a 5km walk around the lake with a friend after work and then a 1km walk to dinner.  A new pregnancy walking distance record yay! Then rewarded, rather happily, with a big plate of GF pad thai noodles from my new favourite Thai place down the road. It was actually nice to have the night off cooking. And rather necessary as the spoils of our weekend ‘cook up’ had finally run out. See, with the unavoidable feeling that I am not able to fit as much into my day as I would like to (partly due to pregnancy fatigue making my ‘awake time’ shorter and partly due to trying to fit too much in!) I have been trying to make dishes over the weekend from which we will get a few meals. Or at least parts of meals throughout the week. This was exactly the reason behind my decision to make a big batch of bolognaise sauce last weekend. So very tasty – and so very versatile. And not too much trouble to make at all. Our lovely local butcher ground a combination of beef, pork and veal mince that I used as the base to my sauce. Then, when coupled with tomatoes, herbs and some vegetables…. IMG_3414 And with the patience of time…. IMG_3417 Our house was soon filled with the amazing aromas that only slow cooked dishes have the ability to generate. IMG_3420 A BBB tratttoria if you please 🙂 The next question being….what does one do with a big batch of bolognaise sauce and a desire to keep hungry mouths fed for a few days at least? IMG_3422 You will just have to wait and see…. BBB Bolognaise Sauce (Serves 6 to 8)

  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 tbs dried rosemary
  • 1 tbs dried oregano
  • 500g beef mince
  • 250g veal mince
  • 250g pork mince
  • 700ml tomato passata
  • 1/3 cup tomato paste
  • 1 cup beef stock
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 1 tbs fresh thyme leaves
  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over a medium high heat Add onion and garlic, and cook (stirring) until the onion has softened.
  2. Add the carrots, oregano and rosemary, and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.
  3. Add mince, and cook until the mince has browned. Use a spoon to break up the mince as best as possible and remove any large lumps.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat and cover.
  5. Cook for 1.5 hours. Remove lid and cook for a further 30 minutes or until the sauce has thickened. Remove the bay leaves prior to serving.

What about you? Do you have a ‘secret’ bolognaise ingredient? I like to add lots of herbs – thyme, oregano, rosemary….you name it!

10 thoughts on “My favourite bolognaise sauce

  1. PUMPKIN! mushed up pumpkin is my fave thing to add to bolagnaise sauce. sometimes blended with zucchini. get my veggie on + it's DELICIOUS! 😀

  2. First your mystery box and now your weekend cooking ahead – the list of things you do and I don't, but which I should, is growing rapidly! I really need to make more of an effort on the weekends as it would make such a difference to have a meal or meal base prepared ahead of time.

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