I think when it comes to all-time favourite family comfort foods that are easy to make, pasta with a bolognese sauce, or meat sauce, is at or near the top of my list. This robust sauce is made with lean ground beef, sweet crushed tomatoes, and full-bodied red wine, and gets its intense character from being simmered for five hours in the slow cooker. The result is a thick and satisfying sauce with tender bits of beef. Seriously simple and divinely delicious.
Here's how I made it:
1 lb lean ground beef
1/2 cup onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 796 ml (28 fl oz) can crushed tomatoes
1/3 cup red wine
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt
1 tsp granulated white sugar
4 cups dry farfalle pasta
I started by browning the beef with the onion and garlic in a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. The mixture was added to the slow cooker along with the crushed tomatoes, wine, oregano, salt and sugar. After giving the mixture a stir I set the slow cooker on high for 5 hours.
To serve, I boiled the pasta in a large pot of salted water according to package instructions until al dente (about 8 minutes). The pasta was drained and returned to the large pot and half of the bolognese was stirred in. Once the pasta was on plates I spooned more sauce on top.
This is the sort of thing I love to cook in the fall as the air begins to get cooler and the nights come sooner. But it's too yummy not to throw in the dinner rotation now and again the rest of the year too!
What goes into your bolognese sauce? Which pasta shape is the favourite around your dinner table?