CHEW THIS! Simple Bolognese

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Simple Bolognese

Blaise Doubman

I usually share recipes for desserts that are full of butter and sugar but every once in awhile I like to remind people that I do know how to fix other things as well! Such as Italian main dishes like this simple bolognese. I have always been a fan of Italian food and honesty, I hope I do not get hate mail for this, but I think Italian is one of the easiest courses to master. Everything is so simple and straightforward. Or at least it seems that way. Pasta, a delicious sauce and how to cook everything so it pairs nicely with your favorite wine. This recipe may sound complex but it is so simple that you will not believe it. And the best thing is, not only is it simple, it makes a lot! So feed a crowd, or have enough for leftovers for a few days. This is just as delicious the first day as it is the third.

You can experiment with this recipe but I would recommend following mine at first and then adjusting the next time you make it. The seasonings can be a little tricky with this one and you don’t want to overwhelm the delicate flavor of the meat with too much seasoning. Using a good red wine that you drink is important for this recipe too. It really makes a difference. The alcohol cooks off, so do not worry about serving it to anyone underage.

Simple Bolognese

1 pound ground beef

1 tablespoon olive oil

3 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 tablespoon oregano

½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 cup dry red wine

28 oz crushed tomatoes

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 pound small shell pasta

¼ cup basil, finely chopped

¼ cup heavy cream

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

Start by browning the beef in a large pot over medium high heat with the olive oil.

Once the beef is browned, add in the finely minced garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes. Cook and stir for a couple of minutes.

Add in the dry red wine and stir and cook for another couple of minutes.

Add in the crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir and cook while bringing to a boil.

Once at a boil, lower the heat and allow to simmer while you prepare the pasta according to the packaged directions.

Once the pasta is cooked and drained, add in the finely chopped basil and heavy cream to the sauce. Cook and stir a minute. Add in the pasta to the sauce and stir.

When serving, sprinkle on shredded Parmesan cheese. Enjoy while still hot, slightly warm.

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