I am well aware that Spaghetti Bolognese is not a traditional German dish. However, it is a very typical dish in Germany and loved by young and old.
I basically grew up on Spaghetti Bolognese, having it once a week. It is a quickly made, filling, and cheap meal that everyone likes. While today people end to by the ready made sauce in a glass, many have forgotten how to make it from scratch. And while just buying it, is much more convenient, I personally prefer to have control over the ingredients, especially the quality of the meat that is in my sauce.
Video Spaghetti Bolognese
In Germany, we are using a mixed ground meat, made from 50% pork and 50% beef. I like the taste of that but here in Texas this is not available and I would have to grind my meat myself in order to have it. I rarely do that. When I cook a pasta meal, it usually means that I am short of time and things have to go fast.
Same as with the meat: It has to be fast and easy and that is why I am using canned tomatoes. But you could of course use fresh tomatoes instead. Also, in summer, I am using fresh herbs. But add fresh Basil at last, right before you serve the sauce!
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- 1 small Onion, cubed
- 70 g Carrot, cubed
- ½ Parsley Root or alternatively Parsnip; cubed
- 1 stick Cellery, cubed
- 500 g ground beef
- 2 Tbsp. Tomato Paste
- 250 g diced Tomatoes with the sauce (can)
- some Oil
- some Salt
- some Pepper
- ⅛ l red Wine
- ⅛ l Beef Broth
- 1 Tbsp. Parsley
- 1 Tbsp. Thyme
- 1 Tbsp. Basil
- In a large pan, heat the oil.
- Add the ground beef and fry until it falls apart.
- Now add the onions, the carrots, parsnip (or parsley root), celery, and the tomato paste and continue to saute for a few minutes.
- Next, add the tomatoes and their sauce, then the wine and broth.
- Spice with some salt and pepper and the herbs and let cook on low temperature with a lid for 50 minutes.
- About 20 minutes before the sauce is finished, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the Spaghetti and cook untio "al dente".
- After 50 minutes spice the bolognse sauce to your taste, maybe add some Italian herbs or paprika.
- Use some of the boiling water from the spaghetti and add it to the sauce if there is not much liquid left.
- Add the boiled spaghetti to the sauce, mix and serve!