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Spaghetti Bolognese


Back when I was in uni, my roommate and I used to go on little spaghetti making adventures, completely trash our dorm room kitchen and then successfully manage to ignore the mess we’d made for the next 24 hours atleast. The next day we’d find one of the several cleaning ladies chilling outside our dorms, pay her 20 Dhs on the sly paired with a sheepish grin on our faces and ask her to do our dishes. I think our mutual love and appreciation for being lazy and finding a way around our chores is what made us such good roomies. =’)

Anyway, all laziness aside, we made pretty darn good Spaghetti Bolognese. It came at a heavy price of sauce splattered walls, but oh baby it was well worth it!

So here’s goes nothing…


Spaghetti Bolognese

Serves 3

Here’s what you need:

  • Beef Mince                          200 gm
  • Chopped onion                20 gm
  • Chopped Carrots             20 gm
  • Chopped Celery               10 gm
  • Garlic minced                   10 gm
  • Garam masala                   1/4 tsp (optional)
  • Cumin powder                 1 tsp
  • Fresh Rosemary             1 sprig
  • Tomato paste                   2 tsp
  • Tomato puree                 100 gm
  • Beef stock                         1 cup
  • Olive oil                              2 tbsp
  • Spaghetti                            200 gm
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt n pepper


Heat some olive oil in a heavy bottomed fairly large pan and saute the onions until they’ve only started to turn golden. Throw in the carrots and celery and saute for a couple of minutes before adding the beef mince together with the garlic. Sprinkle some salt, pepper, cumin powder and garam masala on the beef and cook until the moisture is dried out. After the moisture has dried out, add the tomato paste, stir it around and then pour in your tomato puree and beef stock into the beef. Bring to a boil and the cover and simmer for about 45 mins, checking every so often that the beef hasn’t stuck to the bottom on the pan. Once the beef is cooked through, adjust the seasoning, add rosemary and finish off with some shaved or grated Parmesan





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