Killer (Who Needs The Carbs?) Pasta Bolognese
From Megan's Ab Friendly Arsenal
Arizona and I got together for a little lunch and she asked me the obvious question-are you getting the burger or the steak? She knows me. I am moving (slllowwwlllyyy!) in the direction towards 'picky carnivore' - a phrase I have coined for someone who cares enough about the earth to try to not consume red meat ridiculously, but loves a good steak tartare. So here is a modified version of bolognese that I make which Arizona, Nikko and my kids (2 and 4) will inhale. It proves that sneaky veg across the board is a good thing, and there is sightly less earth-corrosive meat in it than one might think.
Recipe for Megan's Marvellous Bolognese: Feeds about 6 with leftovers for pizza or add kidney and pinto beans for Chili con Carne
1. (Optional but encouraged) Open a decent bottle of red and pour one glass. Sip throughout cooking time.
2. In a food processor combine two carrots, three stalks celery, one yellow onion, three large garlic cloves. You can also add bell peppers, corgette, spinach, kale depending upon audience- or if you are trying to get some sneaky veg into your kids. If they aren't picky, pulse; if they are puree. Set aside.
3. Roast tomatoes and crushed garlic with a drizzle of olive oil, sea salt, and loads of crushed red pepper if your not prepping for kids or the faint of heart. Don't let them burn- but flirt with the fire.
3. Warm a good slug of nice olive oil in a large pot and throw in a ton of Italian seasoning: oregano, thyme, rosemary, sage, basil, cilantro, etc... or just the good ol' store bought Italian seasoning mix. No matter what you are cooking, always let the spices infuse the oil first.
4. Add 1 lb. ground beef and 1/2 lb. Italian sausage, meat, or pork mince.
5. Just before brown add in your pulsed or puree blend and salt and pepper.
6. Add two large bottles of organic passata, roasted tomatoes, two large cans organic chopped tomatoes, one small can tomato puree. Stir.
7. Add a tsp. ground coffee and cinnamon. (Trust me.) Let that sauce simmer. And any veg if you want the sauce a little crisper; i.e. if you aren't trying to sneak it past a toddler, now is the time to throw in the bell peppers, corgette and kale.
8. (Optional- one tin red or green lentils and chickpeas to bulk up on lean easy protein. These can also be subbed for the meat, in which case add at time of pulse. Or if you are just trying to use a little less meat, this will also make the meal go further in the leftover realm.)
9. This is where you can opt in or out of carbs- I'd happily eat this with just greens, but my husband is traditional and loves the pasta. Serve individually rather than a big mix so each person can do what's right for their bod. Generally speaking, serve atop a little pasta and a big handful of spinach/kale/rocket mix. Sprinkle with parm and top up your vino. Bon Appetito, xx Megan