I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too! Welcome!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Pimped-Up Store Bought Spaghetti Sauce

Who doesn't like a good, rich bolognese! Oh, and easy to make with lots of veggies!

2 lbs beef/veal/pork mix (or any combination)
2 tbsps olive oil
2 tbsps olive oil (again)
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/2 cup diced celeriac
1 cup mushrooms, quartered
3 garlic cloves, minced
1  1/4 cups onion soup (or beef broth) 
1/4 cup Guinness stout (or red wine)
1/2 tsp chili flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
2 1/2 - 3 cups store bought tomato sauce (650 ml jar)

Heat 2 tbsps oil in a large skillet and brown the beef well then remove to a plate.

In the same skillet heat the second 2 tbsps of oil and add the onion, red pepper, celeriac and mushrooms. Cook for 3-4 minutes then add the garlic for another minute.

See all those brown bits on the bottom of the pan? Add the soup and stout and scrape them up into the mix. Cook on medium high heat for 6-8 minutes or until the liquid is reduced by about half. Add chili flakes, salt and pepper.

Now return the beef to the pan and pour in the prepared tomato sauce.  I used Classico Four Cheese here.

Simmer 1-2 hours over low heat until you've got this thick and chunky sauce.

Serves 4-6

Here's a link to my Spanish Rice Casserole (and my introduction to celeriac)

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