I’m re-doing an old spaghetti Bolognese recipe that I added a few years ago because, well, it’s spag bol, and it’s delicious and it needs some more attention.
Spag Bol is a little sentimental for me as it was the first dish that Mr D ever cooked me. We weren’t even dating back then either. I was all broken hearted after just coming out of a messy break-up and he emailed me out of the blue just saying “Hey, I heard things with J didn’t work out. Do you fancy coming over for a Spag Bol and you tell me all about what bastards men are!’ Without even realising it, I think he might have won my heart there and then.
Anyway back to the spag bol. This is a good one and it’s thermomix so easy to make too. I’m not sure what the best part is – the fact that I don’t have to stir the sauce over a hot stove (and risk burning the bottom of the pot) or the fact that I can disguise so many veggies in it without the kids knowing??
- 1 onion
- 1-2 cloves of garlic
- 500g veggies of your choice (I use carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini, broccoli and mushrooms)
- 500g beef mince
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 heaped tbs vegetable stock paste
- 150g tomato paste
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbs balsamic vinegar
- pinch of sugar
- pinch of nutmeg
- Pasta of choice (I use spaghetti)
- Cheese for topping
- Chop the onion and garlic for 5 seconds on speed 7.
- Add the oil and saute for 3 minutes at 100 degrees, speed 1.
- Add all the veggies and chop for 5 seconds on speed 7. Scrape down the sides.
- Add the mince and stir it all together for 5 seconds on revere speed 3.
- Cook for 10 minutes on varoma, reverse speed soft.
- Add all the remaining ingredients and cook for a further 20 minutes on 100 degrees, reverse speed soft. Replace the MC with the basket to stop the sauce from spattering everywhere while cooking.
- Serve on top of a bed of pasta, or spinach leaves if you're looking for a carb free option.
I hope you enjoy it and you can give yourself a high five for getting so many veggies into the kids. Mine think there are just tomatoes in there and I’m fine with that!!
Are you a veggie smuggler?