Jamie Oliver’s Bolognese Sauce

As I said in my last post, I am trying out one of Jamie Oliver’s cookbooks, Jamie Oliver’s Revolution. In the front of the book it asks readers to learn at least one recipe from each of the chapters and then teach two or more others that recipe. So this is the recipe I am sharing and teaching others from the pasta chapter.

2 slices of bacon
2 medium onions
2 cloves of garlic
2 carrots
2 celery stalks
olive oil
2 heaped teaspoons of dried oregano
1 lb of ground beef or pork (or a mixture of the two)
2 14-oz cans diced tomatoes
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
small bunch of fresh basil

Finely slice the bacon, peel and finely chop the onions, garlic, carrots and celery.

Place a Dutch oven on medium to high heat. Add 2 lugs of olive oil, bacon and oregano and cook and stir until the bacon is lightly golden. Add onions, garlic, carrots and celery to the pan and stir every 30 seconds for around 7 minutes or until softened and lightly colored.

Stir in the ground meat and the canned tomatoes. Fill one empty can with water and add to the pan.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pick the basil leaves and place in the fridge for later. Finely chop the basil stalks and stir into the pan. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer with a lid on for about 45 minutes stirring every now and again.

Remove from the heat. Tear and stir in basil leaves.

Did I change anything? I left out all of the herbs and just bought Italian-style diced tomatoes.

What did the family think? This has a lot more ingredients in it than the typical pasta sauce we eat, so I knew it would not go over well as just pasta sauce so I used it in a lasagna.

Where did this recipe come from? Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, p. 165

photo from Angela Hartwig

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