Spaghetti Bolognese Recipe - With Wine Match

Spaghetti Bolognese may not itself be an Italian invention, but the flavours certainly are. Pair Italian with Italian - try softly fruited Mediterranean reds.
Ingredients
1 TBSP OLIVE OIL

4 RASHERS SMOKED STREAKY BACON, FINELY CHOPPED

2 ONIONS, FINELY CHOPPED

2 CARROTS, TRIMMED AND FINELY CHOPPED

2 CELERY STICKS, FINELY CHOPPED

2 GARLIC CLOVES, FINELY CHOPPED

2-3 SPRIGS ROSEMARY, LEAVES PICKED AND FINELY CHOPPED

500G RED MEAT MINCE – BEEF, PORK, VEAL OR A BLEND

2 X 400G TINS PLUM TOMATOES
SMALL PACK BASIL, LEAVES PICKED, ¾ FINELY CHOPPED AND THE REST LEFT WHOLE FOR GARNISH

1 TSP DRIED OREGANO

2 FRESH BAY LEAVES

2 TBSP TOMATO PURÉE

1 BEEF STOCK CUBE

125ML RED WINE

6 CHERRY TOMATOES, SLICED IN HALF

75G PARMESAN, GRATED, PLUS EXTRA TO SERVE

400G SPAGHETTI

GARLIC BREAD

Recipe Method

1. Put a large heavy-based saucepan on a medium heat and add 1 tbsp olive oil. Add the bacon and fry until golden and crisp. Reduce the heat and add the onion, carrot, celery, garlic and rosemary then fry until the veg has softened.


2. Increase the heat, add the mince and cook until the meat is browned.


3. Add the tinned tomatoes, basil, oregano, bay leaves, tomato purée, stock cube, chilli, wine and cherry tomatoes. Stir with a wooden spoon, breaking up the plum tomatoes. Bring to the boil, reduce to a gentle simmer and cover with a lid.


4. Cook for 1 hr 15 mins stirring occasionally, until the sauce is thick and rich. Add the parmesan, check the seasoning and stir.


5. Cook the spaghetti following pack instructions. Drain the spaghetti and serve with the Bolognese sauce on top.


6. Sprinkle with grated parmesan, the extra basil leaves and garlic bread.



Wine Match

As stated, pair Italian with Italian. The Italian flavours of Spaghetti Bolognese would pair extremely well with a soft Mediterranean red.


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