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1 hour, 29 minutes
First broadcast:
Tuesday 21 January 2014

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  • Jak's Bolognese recipe

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    It takes a while but it’s worth it!!


    1 Tablespoon Rapeseed oil
    1 medium onion, finely chopped
    2 celery stalks, finely chopped
    1 medium carrot, finely chopped
    2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
    1kg pounds Scotch beef mince
    1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/2 teaspoon pepper
    1 cup milk blue top
    1 cup white wine
    2 x 400gr cans chopped tomatoes, drained (juices reserved)

    Heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, and carrot and cook until the onion is soft .Add the garlic and cook about 30 seconds. Add the beef, breaking it apart with your spoon and cooking until it is just browned. Season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper.

    Stir in the milk and bring it to a rapid simmer. Continue simmering until the milk has reduced completely and very little liquid remains, about 5 minutes. Stir in the wine and simmer again until reduced completely, about 10 minutes. Transfer the beef mixture to the slow cooker.

    Add the chopped tomatoes and half  reserved tomato juices to the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on HIGH for 6 hours or LOW for 8 hours.

    In the last half hour of cooking, remove the lid to allow any excess liquid to evaporate and reduce the sauce. The finished sauce should be chunky and creamy without being soupy.

    Serve over spaghetti with a hunk of crusty bread for mopping up the sauce!




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