Red wine and basil beef bolognese.

Day 4: Red wine and basil beef bolognese.
Serves 4 | Syns per portion: 1 (+ HEXa for cheese)

I am a pasta monster. You know how some people binge on chocolate or cake or crisps? I binge on pasta. I could probably eat about ten buckets of the stuff. I actually have a vague memory of when I was a kid and being asked if we could have a house made out of anything in the world, what would it be? I said pasta. I know I lose weight faster when I avoid pasta like the plague, but Slimming World is about being sustainable, so I needed a recipe that was not too pasta heavy but ultra tasty. This does the job! Plenty of meat and veg and served with some wholewheat pasta, perfect.

100mls Red wine (4 syns)
500g Extra lean minced beef
125g Chopped chestnut mushrooms
2 Slices of lean smoked bacon, cut into small strips
2 Diced onions
3 Tbsp Tomato Puree
2 Beef stock pots or cubes
1 Tbsp Garlic powder (or fresh garlic alternative)
A splash of balsamic vinegar
A handful of basil leaves
A small handful of flat-leaf parsley
200ml Boiling water
30g Cheese per person (optional HEXa)

Step 1: In a large frying pan on a moderate to high heat, brown the onions, mushrooms, bacon using fry light. Once browned, add the meat along with 1 stock cube or pot, the garlic powder and fresh basil.

Step 2: Once the meat is fully browned, add the red wine and tomato puree and stir. It’ll make a weird paste, simmer that for a minute or two whilst adding the other stock cube to 200ml boiling water. Add the stock and cook until sauce reduces, if it looks a bit runny add some tomato puree, if it looks a bit thick, add some water and season with salt and pepper if you like.

Step 3: Once sauce is reduced it’s effectively good to eat
, but I like to place it in a preheated oven in a small baking dish for about 30 minutes, just to give it a little more richness. Top with the cheese, sprinkle some basil and parsley!

This is a great batch cooking recipe and serving it with spinach is a great way to get even more superfree. I served mine with spinach, wholewheat spaghetti and my ‘Healthy Extra A’ portion of cheese. Totally delish! 


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