Antonia Landi

Better than Most? Better than Toast!

In Food, Student life on April 25, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Better than Most? Better than Toast! Picture: Useful Times

Have you ever felt frustrated by your lack of culinary abilities? You have access to a kitchen, and a couple of pots and pans, but no inspiration? What if your parents come visit you? Or your girlfriend? Surely, you wouldn’t serve them beans on toast… would you?

Fret not, because help is coming your way. I am Antonia and my aim is to make you a better cook. All you need is a few ingredients and one simple recipe and you are ready to impress.

Today, I will show you how to make a delicious homemade Bolognese sauce in just 10 minutes! But first, I would like to tell you a bit about pasta and sauces.

Bolognese sauce is named after the city of Bologna in northern Italy, which is where the meaty sauce originated. Up to this day, chefs all over the world are disputing what the most traditional way of making a Bolognese sauce is. From white wine, to cream, to carrots – there is hardly a dish in the world that has chefs scratching their heads quite like this one. But as if the many variations in the sauce weren’t confusing enough, there is one big misconception about Bolognese’s ideal partner.

You could ask anybody in the street about what goes best with Bolognese and they would all say ‘Spaghetti’. The truth is, even though the dish ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’ has been a massively successful export, the ‘slidy’ nature of the long Spaghetti isn’t suitable at all for a sauce as rich as Bolognese. Use shaped pasta instead – I use Fusilli in my video – and you will find that the creases and shapes in the pasta give the meat a lot more opportunities to stick to it, therefore making every mouthful a delight. For extra texture, treat yourself to some fancy pasta, like the kind you can find in deluxe ranges of various supermarkets.

But enough talking – let’s get going!

Feeds 4

For this recipe you will need:

500g mince

Half an onion, chopped

1 clove garlic

1 can chopped tomatoes

1 tablespoon tomato concentrate

Olive oil

Salt and pepper to season

Herbs (optional)

Allow 80-100g of pasta per person

Watch the video for instructions, and do get in touch if you have any questions, as silly as you think they might be!

Antonia Landi for the Useful Times.

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