Had initially planned on making Wild Mushroom tartlets for dinner last night. But time flew by, and in the end I did not have time to spend 1 ½ hours making the puff pastry. So, instead I decided to make Spaghetti Bolognese. I know it doesn't sound all that "flashy" but you do not have to make it the way they do in the school cafeteria, however Bolognese sauce from Swedish school cafeterias might just be the tastiest Bolognese sauce I have ever tried- sad but true. I started making mine the ordinary way, but somewhere in the process I realized I just can't make it taste tasty, if you know what I mean. Sometimes I have this very precise idea on what things should taste like when I'm at a certain stage in the cooking process, and when it does not live up to my standards I get very disappointed. It is at this stage I might go a little crazy and add all kinds of spices and herbs. And believe it or not, it always, almost always, turn out really good. Yesterday was one of those days where thankfully everything worked out well, and me and my boyfriend could enjoy a nice bowl of Spaghetti Bolognese á la Angelica.
Spaghetti Bolognese á la Angelica
Serves 4, smallish servings
Spaghetti for 4 people
400 g ground beef or pork
½ onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, grated
1 can crushed tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puré
1 tbsp ketchup
1 tsp chili sauce
4 dried Chinese mushrooms
2 ½ dl mushroom stock, from Chinese mushrooms
1 tbsp oregano, dried or fresh
1 tsp tarragon, dried or fresh
1 tbsp basil, dried or fresh
1 tsp balsamico, or ½ dl red wine
salt and pepper
grated Parmesan cheese
1. Start by soaking the Chinese mushrooms in warm water for 20 minutes.
2. Sauté onion and garlic until soft and transparent. Add the meat and allow to brown for 5-10 minutes. Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato puré, ketchup, chili sauce, and Chinese mushrooms.
3. Add the mushroom stock, herbs, balsamico or wine, and salt and pepper, and let the sauce simmer for another 10-15 minutes.
4. Follow the instructions on the packet on how to boil the spaghetti, or make your own spaghetti.
5. Serve in a bowl, sprinkle with the cheese, and ENJOY!