Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Spaghetti Bolognese Sauce

Spaghetti with Meatballs in Bolognese Sauce

What's the Ingredients:

400g of minced meat
1 spoon of mixed herbs/oregano
5 diced garlic

1 diced capsicum (optional)

2 spoons of Nando's Hot sauce

a dash of mixed herbs powder

2 packets of  instant mushroom soup

a dash of chicken granules

1 tin of baked beans (optional)

a dash of salt

1 tin of sliced button mushrooms

1 sliced carrot

2 chopped fresh tomatoes

2 tins of plain water

500g of pre cooked meat balls (optional)

chilli sauce and tomato sauce

a dash of black pepper powder

3 big spoons of olive oil

How to Cook:
  1. Heat the olive oil with diced garlic. once the aroma floats, put in the the minced meat and stir evenly. add  chopped fresh tomatoes.
  2. Add dashes of black pepper powder, salt and mixed herbs powder. Put 1 spoon of mixed herbs a dash of chicken granules. usually if i used chicken granules, i tend to lessen the amount of salt, sometimes i don't add it at all just to have a less salty sauce.
  3. Add water sparingly to even out the taste. add chilli sauce, tomato sauce and 2 spoons of Nando's Hot sauce. if you prefer it to taste much hotter, do add capsicum and adjust the sauces to reflect your preference. Nando's sauce will give the tangy taste and it must be added carefully so that it won't ruin the general taste of the bolognese sauce.
  4. Add sliced button mushrooms and carrots. if you prefer a more filling bolognese sauce (or if your minced meat is not enough), do add baked beans or meat balls. i usually microwaved the meat balls for 2 mins first so that it won't taste raw.
  5. As the sauce simmer, add the instant Mushroom Soup. this will thicken the sauce. if you prefer a thick sauce, you might want to add an additional packet.
  6. Leave the sauce on the stove for 5 minutes so that the taste will blend nicely. and it's done!

Servings: 10 - 15 people

Preparation time: 30 mins


This is my favourite dish in case friends drop by short noticed. it's simple to prepare. In 6 easy steps, basically I'm just throwing the ingredients and mashing it up in the pan to create a signature dish. To me it is cost-saving as i don't have to use instant bolognese mixture which is a bit price-y and available in bottles/packets. no cheese is added either but the cheaper instant mushroom soup often came with cheese in it.

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