I just had another one of my very few cooking adventures in NZ. My friend’s sis K celebrated her birthday and I whipped up spaghetti Bolognese with a hint of pinoy of course. What with the sausages and a little sugar and whatnots… the kids just love it! Uhmm… yeah the “big kids” love it, too.
Before I go on with the how-to, I apologize for not having a photo of it taken. I was kinda busy that day photographing people instead of food (so un-me). Above was taken back in Beijing, cooked in a similar way though but with Italian herbs and Parmesan cheese.
Lean beef sausages, sliced diagonally into rings
Local NZ sausages, sliced into strips
1 large onion, chopped
1 clove of garlic, pressed
1 large can of button mushrooms, sliced thinly
2 bottles of Bolognese sauce (We bought ones with extra onion and garlic)
1 small can of tomato paste
1 small cup of spicy tomato ketchup (optional, K‘s mom said I use it; adds a little zing…)
1 to 2 tbsp. of sugar (depending on personal preference)
Salt & pepper
Freshly grated cheddar cheese (if you don’t have Parmesan)
Cook pasta in a pot of boiling water with a little cooking oil and salt over low to medium heat, constantly stirring until almost al dente. (You may do this while preparing the other ingredients.) Drain the cooked pasta and set aside.
Heat butter in a large saucepan. Drop garlic and cook over low heat until aromatic. Add in the ground beef and cook over high heat until brownish but not burnt. Add the onion, tomatoes, mushrooms and sausages. Season with salt and pepper and cook until the sausages are also brownish and the tomatoes are mashed.
Add the Bolognese sauce and tomato paste. Sprinkle with sugar and grated cheddar cheese. Mix well. Add additional water if you think it is too thick for you. Cook for about 5 minutes over low heat. Adjust the taste if necessary. Transfer 2/3 of the mixture into a serving bowl.
Over low heat, toss the pasta with the sauce. Mix thoroughly. Turn off heat and leave for a while for the pasta to absorb the sauce. Serve with additional sauce and grated cheese.