Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Fettucini bolognese

tonight's herbs for pasta
  • parsley
  • basil
  • oregano
Mmmm, home made pasta, made by the lad who has some Italian genes. Thank goodness!  Lovely silky home made pasta.  The lad uses a Jamie recipe.

Everyday quick pasta recipe
This is from Jamie Oliver's The Naked Chef.  The amounts given here are what we make up for dinner for two,  Jamie makes a bigger batch.

200g strong pasta flour
2 eggs
extra flour for dusting

Mix flour and eggs together, knead until smooth and silky.  We use a pasta maker to roll out the pasta and cut it.  I've never made it, David says it's easy but he has pastry hands...

Boil a big pot of water, put the pasta in the boiling water for a short time.  I don't know how long, but not very.  Try it after just a few minutes to see if it is how you like it.

Tonight the lad made bolognese sauce to go with it. I suspect Australians are pretty obsessed with this pasta sauce.  It's almost the first one we experienced as kids. It's also comfort food.  I am not sure what the appeal is, but tomatoey meaty sauce is a good start. And the saltyness of good Parmesan?

Our bolognese recipe
home made pasta
I am sure that this is not very different  to anyone elses' bolognese, but I'll share our version with you.

minced beef -  good quality
tinned tomatoes
a little home made rocket fuel chilli paste* (just a little!)
black pepper

Finely chop celery, carrot and onion and cook in a frying pan with a little olive oil. Add crushed garlic and cook a little then add minced beef and brown off meat breaking it up as you cook.  Add tinned tomatoes and a little bit of chilli or chilli sauce - we use rocket fuel in any tomatoey sauce - not much just a little bit.  Add a couple of bay leaves - I like the fresh - ones and cook till it is a consistency you like.

Put sauce over your favourite pasta and sprinkle on the chopped herbs.


But  you must have your favourite version?  Veal mince instead of beef? A mix of minces?  Adding your homemade tomato sauce? no carrot, no celery?  What's your version?


  1. We had spaghetti bolognese tonight too. My version is my mum's recipe, which I love, but I suspect is very American.

    Beef mince and onion, lots of tomato (whole peeled, puree and paste), seasonings are garlic, oregano, mustard, cinnamon, pepper and salt.

    Probably sounds really weird, particularly the mustard and cinnamon, but it works. I keep meaning to develop my 'own' version, but I just crave mum's.

    1. How funny - same meal same night. The mustard and cinnamon does sound a little off but I can also see how they would add depth to the sauce. Perhaps I will try it!

      My addition of my Asian 'rocket fuel' probably soudns wierd too, but you cant tell its hot , you just get a depth in the sauce.

    2. OMG, I just saw a serious mistype - I meant to type 'odd' not 'off'! That is a bit embarrassing. I am such a bad typer. I just type and very often dont check the spelling. With F being next to d this was always a possible mistake ( ONE i SHOULD HAVE CHECKED FOR!) and one that sounded rude! i AM VERY SORRY!

  2. Homemade pasta sounds just wonderful. Like most Americans I like my spaghetti sauce very tomatoey, and my favorite has whole black olives and meat balls made with ground beef, parmesan cheese, and onions.

    1. Gosh , that sounds lovely, like the olives especially.



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