Peter's Spaghetti Bolognese
Peter's Spaghetti Bolognese
Be prepared to savor the aromas and delight your palate with Peter's wonderful rendition of Spaghetti Bolognese, which you will learn to prepare right here!
Add a green vegetable and a slice of fresh Italian or French bread and dinner is served!
I took all the photos in this lens of Peter preparing and serving this delicious and satisfying dish!
Everyone Loves Peter's Spaghetti Bolognese!
Some of Peter's Ingredients and "Tools"
Fresh Garlic, Mushrooms and Red Onion
Spices and Herbs are Ready - Oregano, Thyme, Basil and Jane's
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pasta Sauce and a Can of Tomato Sauce - This is what we had on hand that night
The Skillet is Important
Peter uses a high-sided 11.5" skillet (also called a sautÃ© pan) that takes a fitted cover.
Our High-Sided Skillet (aka Saute Pan)
This is Peter's favorite pan. It is large, has a good surface area for heating and browning, has high sides and it can be tightly covered
Ingredients and Tools to Have on Hand
Extra Virgin Olive Oil for Your Kitchen
Pasta Sauce for Your Kitchen
Black Pepper for Your Kitchen
Janes Crazy Mixed Up Salt - We use this for everything that takes salt!
Hard Italian Cheeses for Your Kitchen
Get a Good Cheese Grater
Every Chef Should Really Have a Good Covered Skillet
It'll be done soon
Poll ... What is Your Favorite Pasta?
What Type of Pasta Do You Like?
Preparing the Pasta
Boil about 2-3 quarts of water in a 4 quart covered pot to which you have added a bit of salt and a bit of olive oil.
When you have a rolling boil, uncover and add your pasta.
Cook about 10 minutes or until al dente.
Drain pasta and return to the pot. Keep covered on stove until ready to serve.
Step By Step
Add Olive Oil to the Skillet - At Medium Heat
Add the Ground Beef to be Browned
Adding Thyme to the Browned Meat - Peter Believes Thyme is Essential. Be Generous with the Thyme!
Peel the Garlic
Separate about 1/2 the cloves from the garlic bulb and then peel off the skins
Chop the Garlic into Good Sized Pieces
Onions and Garlic are In!
Time for a Glass of Chianti
Now Add the Sauces and Stir
Now Add the Oregano and Basil
Adding the Herbs & Spices to Complement the Pasta Sauce
Add the spices and herbs so that they complement your pasta sauce.
For Example ....
If the pasta sauce jar is Garlic Lover's Delight, then add even more garlic
Whereas, if the pasta sauce jar is Tomato Basil, then add even more basil
Add Some Fresh Ground Black Pepper
Gently Stir the Bolognese - Cover and Simmer from 10 to 30 minutes on Low Heat ... The longer, the better
Slice a Few Mushrooms
Adding the Mushrooms
You put the Mushrooms in about 5 minutes before you are ready to serve so that they don't turn to mush (as in mushy)
The Mushrooms are In - Cover the Bolognese and Let Simmer for 5 More Minutes
Ahhh, Such a Nice Aroma
Set the Table - Notice the Fresh Bread, Cheese and a Salad
Bring the Sauce to the Table
We put our skillet on a trivet on the table, but you can plate your servings in your kitchen.
Grate the Cheese Over the Spaghetti Bolognese
You can use any hard Italian cheese like parmesan, romano, or asiago cheese.
Peter's Spaghetti Bolognese is Served
Brussel sprouts or another green vegetable is a nice complement to this meal.
Ahhhhh, the Aroma
Nothing Goes to Waste
Our dog Bogo loves to lick the pan when we're done.
This is my husband Peter's basic recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese
- 1.5 pounds of lean ground beef
- a jar of your favorite pasta sauce
- 15 ounce can of your favorite tomato sauce
- 1 pound of long pasta like spaghetti or linguini or fettucine
- dried thyme
- dried oregano
- dried basil
- 1/2 bulb of fresh garlic
- a small onion - white yellow or red or whatever you have
- plain salt or Janes Crazy Mixed Up Salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- a few white mushrooms (optional)
- parmesan or romano or asiago cheese (optional)
- Brown the meat
- Add lots of dried thyme
- Add the jar and can of sauce
- Add about 3 tablespoons of dried oregano
- Add about 2 teaspoons of dried basil
- Add about 1/2 of a bulb or chopped garlic
- Add just a bit of salt or Janes
- Add fresh ground pepper
- Simmer for 10-30 minutes (the longer, the better)
- Serve over pasta with grated cheese, fresh bread and a salad
- Note: Vary the spices to complement the jar of pasta sauce
- If reading this online, here are the Step By Step Instructions with Photos
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