I find myself at the start of another working week after a wonderfully relaxing weekend.
And what better way to start the week than with a 5km run after work and a little Mystery Box motivation??
The chosen ingredient...
Did you know? Although they are synonymous with Italian cooking, tomatoes are actuallly native to South Amercia. They are rich is lycopene, an antioxidant which may improve the skin's ability to protect against harmful UV rays, and are also a great source of beta carotene and vitamin C. Apparently there are over 7000 varieties of tomatoes!
One dish immediately sprang to mind when I drew this ingredient......Spaghetti bolognaise.
There really is something special about this slow cooked sauce that is both rich and aromatic.
I was short on time to prepare this dish, and would have loved to have had a pot of the rich tomato sauce slowly simmering on the stove throughout the afternoon. However, when you are starting to cook your dinner at 6.30pm, a speedy sauce will have to do.
Starting with some veggies – onion, carrot and mushrooms.
Simmered with beef, garlic and the chopped tomatoes.
Along with a good amount of fresh thyme and basil.
And a splash of red wine, tomato paste and passata.
Simmered for 40 minutes, until the sauce had thickened.
Served atop a pile of GF spaghetti, with a sprinkle of parmesan…
And with a green salad alongside….
All together now…
And washed down with a glass of this delicious pear cider…
A wonderfully hearty start to the week. The sauce was tasty, but I suspect it would have been even better had there been extra time to really allow the flavours to develop.
What about you? What is your favourite tomato dish?
Happy Baking :)