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Bolognese Sauce
Delicious Meat Sauce for Spaghetti
1 and 1/2 pounds of good quality minced (ground) beef
Large can or 2 small cans peeled tomatoes
1/3 cup thick tomato paste
1 very finely chopped onion
Dash of good olive oil
1 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. thyme
4 cups water
salt and pepper
Parmesan cheese to serve


Heat oil in a heavy-based pan. Cook the onion for a few minutes, then add beef. Cook until beef is well-browned and there are no lumps sticking together. Drain off any excess fat.

Mash the canned tomatoes in a bowl, (careful- they squirt like crazy!)and add to the meat with the tomato paste, oregano, thyme, water and seasonings. Bring to the boil, reduce heat and simmer very gently for 1 1/2 hours or more until liquid has nearly evaporated. Do not cover pan.

Serve hot over freshly-cooked spaghetti in pasta bowls with a good dredging of parmesan cheese.

Serve salad of greens, tomatoes, thinly-sliced onion and black olives on the side. Garlic is NOT usually added to true Bolognese sauce.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes Serves: 4
Recipe Origin: Italy
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