10 recipes for Bolognese sauceNot everyone has hours to stand over a saucepan stirring a sauce to perfection these days and every Italian world over will tell you a ‘buon ragu‘ a good Bolognese sauce is made slowly and lovingly over a low heat for a couple of hours to allow all the flavours to mix and come together.

But we haven’t all got that time have we? So here is an equally delicious Bolognese sauce recipe that is simple, leaving very little washing up and makes enough to freeze more for a future meal

Bolognese Sauce for pasta

Ingredients – makes 1.5 litres

1 onion chopped finely
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 tsp olive oil
1 can chopped tomatoes
1 carrot, grated
1 stock cube + 150 ml water
2 tbsp tomato puree
1 tsp mixed herbs
500g mince
salt and pepper
 
Equipment
1.5 litre (3 pint) casserole dish, pyrex dish.

Method

1. Place the onion, garlic and oil in a glass dish, place on base of oven and cook on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 3 minutes.

2. Place all other ingredients in the dish, stir well, cover with lid or clingfilm and cook on HIGH MICROWAVE for 10 minutes.

bolognese sauce microwave recipe

3. Remove from microwave, uncover and stir breaking up the large pieces of meat in the sauce.

bolognese sauce microwave recipe

4. Re-cover place in the microwave and cook on MEDIUM MICROWAVE for 15 – 20 minutes

bolognese sauce for pasta microwave recipe

Serve with pasta and sprinkled Parmesan cheese or other uses include

1. Lasagna Click to find a recipe on how to make lasagna

2. Jacket potato topping – Bake 1 potato in microwave on high micro for 7-8 mins

3. Stuffed peppers – slice a pepper in half, cut off the stalk, cut out the seeds and insides and fill with Bolognese sauce. Cook in the oven at 180C for 20 – 30 minutes until soft and cooked through.

4. Cottage pie – Here is a beef and barley cottage pie recipe I made earlier but use your Bolognese sauce and cover with mashed potato and follow the recipe for oven temperatures and timings

5. Chilli con carne – Add a 400g can of kidney beans, 1 – 2 tsps chilli powder and 1 diced pepper with the onion garlic and oil at the beginning. Serve with rice

6. Cannelloni substitute the ricotta and spinach in the recipe here for Bolognese sauce, once filled, cover the cannelloni with white sauce, top with grated parmesan and cook as in recipe

7. Minced beef pie – Following the popular Peppered steak recipe make individual pies in the pie maker or line a pie dish with shortcrust pastry (ready to roll) Prick and bake blind for 15 mins at 180C, fill with Bolognese sauce and cover with pastry before returning to the oven and baking until the pastry is crisp and golden.

8. Enchiladas – add 2 tsps chilli pepper sauce to the Bolognese sauce and spoon into the enchilada, wrap over and place in an oven proof dish. Top with grated cheese and bake in the oven for 20 minutes. Serve with lettuce and sour cream.

9. Soup – add beef stock to the Bolognese until a soup consistency is obtained, serve with crusty ciabatta bread.

10. Pasticcio – cook some short pasta, drain and add the Bolognese sauce, stir well and place in a buttered pyrex dish. Grate some cheese and dot some mozzarella over the top and bake for about 30 minutes in the oven at 180C cut into portions and serve with salad

11. Pancakes – Make your own or buy ready bought, add a spoonful of hot Bolognese sauce to the side and wrap, sprinkle with cheese and serve

12. Cobbler – Good old fashion savoury scones, find the recipe in the link, Place your Bolognese sauce in an oven proof dish and add the scones to the top bake in the oven until the scones are risen and fluffy. They should double in size.

spanish pork and chorizo slow cooked casseroleIf you’re looking for a pork stew slow cooker recipe then this Spanish pork and chorizo stew could be the one for you, it turned out even better than I imagined and it was an economical meal to produce.

Slow cooked Spanish pork and chorizo casserole

Ingredients for 6

800 g Pork shoulder steaks cut into cubes
4 Heggies chorizo sausages
3 tbsps seasoned flour (salt pepper and mixed herbs)
olive oil for browning the meat
2 Peppers – 1 red 1 yellow de-seeded and chopped
1 leek
1 red onion
2 cloves of garlic
1 tin plum tomatoes
1 tsp chilli flakes

Pre heat the slow cooker on high

Toss the pork in the seasoned flour and fry in the hot oil to brown on all sides and add to the slow cooker

Stir the peppers, leeks and garlic in the frying pan and cook gently for a couple of minutes add to the slow cooker

Soften the sliced onions in the microwave on high for 3 minutes and add to the slow cooker add to the slow cooker

Cut the Heggies chorizo sausages into slices and brown in the frying pan, there’s no need for oil as the sausages will let out their own.

Add to the slow cooker along with the tin of tomatoes, half a tin of water and the tsp of chilli flakes, stir the ingredients well and cook on low for 7 hours.

This meal can be eaten on it’s own or accompanied if desired with mash and vegetables. It can also be frozen

spanish pork and chorizo slow cooked casserole

Disclosure: Heggies of Hereford sent me a hamper of meat to cook and enjoy, in this recipe I have used 4 of their delicious chorizo sausages and they added the perfect ‘kick’ to the meal