Monday Meals – Bolognese

This week’s Monday Meals is my favourite Bolognese!! There are so many different recipes for making a nice Bolognese sauce, and I mix them up depending on what I have in, but this one is my current favourite. I use pork mince rather than beef mince for this recipe and this gives a delicious flavour. Please don’t let the milk put you off, it’s good I promise!
Bolognese is one of those meals where you can make a nice big batch and use it in so many different ways. Leftovers can be turned into Chili, Shepherds Pie, Nachos and so much more, and it’s ideal for freezing.
Ingredients (for 4 people)
– 1lb Pork Mince
– 2 Carrots
– 3 Sticks of Celery
– 1 Onion
– Fennel Seeds (1 Teaspoon)
– Glass of White Wine
– 2 Garlic Cloves
– Basil (1 Teaspoon)
– Oregano (1 Teaspoon)
– Chopped Tomatoes (1 Tin)
– Carton of Passata
– Sugar (1 Teaspoon)
– 100ml Milk
– Nutmeg (1 Teaspoon)
1. In a saucepan, sweat the finely diced Carrots, Onion and Celery
2. Add in the Pork Mince and brown
3. Add the Fennel Seeds
4. Add the White Wine and let it reduce
5. Add in your Garlic, Basil & Oregano (in whatever form is easiest for you)
6. Now it’s Tomato time – I like the combination of 1 tin of chopped tomatoes and 1 carton of passata
7. Whenever I cook with tomatoes, I add a teaspoon of Sugar so do that now too
8. Let the sauce reduce down
9. Now add 100ml of Milk and the Nutmeg
10. Let that reduce a little until it’s the consistency you like
Serve with pasta of your choice! You can add mushrooms or red peppers if you have them too.
So this is my current favourite way to make Bolognese – I just love the flavour combination. What’s your favourite way to make it? Any secret tips you just love including?

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