A Starving Student’s Savior

16 Jan

This is my absolute favorite meal- ridiculously easy and satisfying, especially on a cold and wet night- which is every night where I live.

That being said, I present…Spaghetti Bolognese.

Ingredients:

  • Spaghetti (roughly 75-100 g per person)
  • Tomato sauce (from a jar)
  • Portion of Mince Beef
  • Glug of Olive Oil

Pro tip 1: Always opt for whole-wheat products whenever possible, so if the whole-wheat spaghetti is staring at you with pleading eyes as you reach for the regular spaghetti next to it, give in to the whole-wheat! … And then check in to a therapist, because spaghetti should never have eyes. 

Instructions:

1. Fill a pan with enough water that your spaghetti will be submerged once it is cooking- I find it’s usually 2/3-3/4 full, depending on how much pasta you have, you be the judge though. Opt for less, and if you don’t have enough, you can add a few more glasses of water. Place the pan on the stove on medium-high heat and bring it to a boil (once it starts bubbling viciously at you- it’s boiling)

2. Pour a glug (which is a really quick tip of the bottle- it’ll come out in a little glug, hence my terminology) of olive oil into your frying pan- but be conservative! A little will go a long way. Put the frying pan on medium-high heat and let it heat up for a few minutes before adding the beef.

3. Once the frying pan is hot enough (judge by a wave of the hand over the pan- nothing fancy, just make sure it’s radiating heat), add your mince beef. Using a wooden spoon or the likes, stir the meat (if it came solidly, you’ll have to mash it up until it’s crumby, if it came minced, just stir) until there’s no pink left. All the meat should be brown- again, brown, not pink. If it’s pink, it’s not cooked yet!

4. Once the pan of water is boiling add the spaghetti and let it sit. As it gets softer, mix it around a little bit, and eventually it’ll get soft enough that it all sits under the water. At this point, stir and let it boil until it’s soft (but not mushy, you want it little bit of solidity) at which point you can bring the stove down to a lower heat and let it sit until the meat is ready.

5. Pour out the sauce you think you need and microwave it for 4-5 minutes.

6. When all pieces are ready, pour the spaghetti into a colander to drain out the water, and portion onto plates. Add meat and sauce, and voila- you have spaghetti bolognese!

Pro tip 2: When you’re pouring the sauce from a hot bowl onto the plates, use a towel to hold the bowl. That part’s obvious. You’d also think it’s obvious to not let the towel hang down and drag through the tomato sauce you just poured… yeah. Tomato sauce stains like a bitch, so watch your towel tails. 

Well, that’s about it for my first recipe. How was it? And don’t say too easy… that’s the point.

Hope it was helpful- if some poor sod found this useful and managed to scrape together a full meal, I’ll be delighted, so do let me know.

Enjoy xxx

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