Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Smoky Bolognese


I love to eat some kind of variation on pasta with meat sauce, and this is a version we made up the other day. We often include mushrooms, but not so often barbecue sauce. However, this was *very* tasty, and definitely one to save for the archives. You can use any barbecue sauce you'd like, or even swap it for a chili sauce. It's all good - and the cream will round out the flavor. Feel free to use double (heavy) cream instead, if you're feeling indulgent!

Smoky Bolognese
Serves 3-4

400 g ground beef
1 onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
200 g mushrooms (button mushrooms are fine), in smaller pieces
2-3 tbsp soy sauce
3-4 tbsp smokey barbecue sauce
250 ml single cream
2 fresh tomatoes, chopped
butter, salt, black pepper

Fry the onion and garlic in some butter. Add the meat and let it brown. Stir in the mushrooms, and let it reduce for a little while. Add soy sauce and barbecue sauce, and cook for five minutes or so. Season with plenty of salt and pepper. Add the cream and let it cook for at least five more minutes. Stir in the tomatoes right before serving. Serve with the pasta of your choice.

Recipe in Swedish:
Rökig köttfärssås


Anonymous said...

Looks so rich - but I always like to stir in a bit of tomato sauce with the pasta (or the liquid part of the sauce I've been cooking), before I top it with ragù or whatever. Pasta must never be completely naked, it looks too sad and it soon sticks together in a firm block :D

Finla said...

Yumm i would love to have these smoky bloognese. It looks so rich, thivk and yummy.

Colours and Textures said...

I make a similar one, I add picante pimenton (powder) which gives a smokey flavour and a bit of heat.

Anonymous said...

yummyyyyy....i love bolognese, my favorite. i have to try this variation. and to valerie, just pour some scented or unscented good quality olive oil. they won't stick together that way. i love my pasta naked and then when i'm eating stirring it a bit with the bolognese hmmmmm :D