February 08, 2010

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Preparation time:10 minutes
Total cooking time:1hr30mins
Serves 4

Bolognaise sauce is a meat-based sauce served on a bed of spaghetti with a good sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese originating in Bologna, Italy.

2 tbsp oil
1 onion,chopped
1 tbsp crushed garlic
500g minced turkey
425g tomatoes chopped
4 tbsp tomato paste(puree)
2 tsp pepper powder
1 tsp paprika powder
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
375 g spaghetti
salt to taste
grated Parmesan cheese or chopped parsley for garnish

1.Heat oil in a large pan;add onion and garlic.Stir over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender.
2.Add turkey,cook over high heat for 10 minutes or until well browned and almost all liquid has evaporated.Use a fork to break up any lumps of turkey.
3.Add tomato,tomato paste,salt,oregano and basil;bring it to boil.Reduce heat to low,simmer,uncovered ,stirring occasionally until sauce has thickened.Remove from flame once its done,this takes about 20-30 minutes.
4.Add spaghetti to another large pan of rapidly boiling water with 1 tsp of salt and cook until tender;drain.
Serve spaghetti in individual bowls with bolognaise sauce spooned over the top.Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese or parsley.

Hint:Cook the sauce until you get rid of the raw tomato smell.
Variation:Instead of dried oregano and dried basil,can use fresh once too.Can replace paprika powder with chili powder too.

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