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Cheesy Bolognese bake

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Baked Bolognese

Baked Bolognese

S. Wongkaew

Pasta bakes a delicious and hearty way to enjoy pasta. This is a comforting take on the Aussie fave spaghetti Bolognese.

This cheesy Bolognese bake uses macaroni however penne, spiral or rigatoni pastas will work just as well.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter1 medium brown onion, finely chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled & finely chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 250g lean beef mince
  • 250g veal mince
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can of plum tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 3/4 cup beef stock or water
  • A handful of basil leaves, washed & roughly chopped
  • 2 cups of finely grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese &
  • Macaroni noodles for 4
  • Special equipment: ramekins for 4 or one large baking dish

Preparation:

  1. Add butter and oil to a heavy-based saucepan and melt over a medium heat.
  2. Turn heat to medium low, add chili flakes, onion, carrot and celery and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes or until golden.
  3. Next, add the beef and veal and use a wooden spoon to break up the clumps. Brown the meat lightly. Add garlic, salt and bay leaf. Stir well.
  4. Turn up the heat to medium and chopped canned tomatoes & juice. Add water and bring to the boil.Turn heat down low and cover. Simmer gently for 1 hour. Top up with 1/4 cup of water or stock if the mixture gets dry.
  5. Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
  6. Pre-heat oven to 350F (180C).
  7. Stir basil into Bolognese sauce then spoon about 2-3 cups of sauce into the drained pasta. Mix well. Add 1 1/2 cups of cheese and mix well. Divide pasta equally into serving ramekins or large baking dish. Top with a little more cheese.
  8. Bake in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle on a little more cheese and garnish with small basil leaves. Serve immediately.
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