This bolognese-style sauce is my go-to recipe when I feel lazy but like to get a tasty meal. It will only takes 20 minutes to make and is great for the budget conscious.
For the sauce:
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 carrots, diced
- 1 cup of tomato (sauce, diced, crushed)
- 1 cup of water
- 1 teaspoon of oil (olive/canola)
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 teaspoon of Italian seasoning (or oregano)
For the starch:
- 3 cups of pasta
- OR 1/2 cup of rice (3/4 if hungry)
Feeling fancy, you can add the following:
- Mushrooms, sliced
- Green onions, minced
- A handful of bacon bits
- Cheese (Parmesan, fresh shredded)
1- Dice the onion, mince the garlic and dice the carrots (if adding any mushrooms, slice them as well).
2- Heat 1 teaspoon of oil in a large frying pan over medium heat. When hot, add in the diced onion and minced garlic and cook for about 3 minutes or until translucent.
3- Bring water with 1/2 teaspoon of salt to a boil and follow the cooking instructions on the package (usually 10 minutes for pasta and 12-13 minutes for white rice).
4 – In the meantime, along with the onions, add in the diced carrots to the frying pan and cook for 2 minutes.
* Note: Add in the sliced mushrooms and the bacon bits at that point.
5- Add in the tomato sauce/crushed along with 1 cup of water. Add in salt, pepper and Italian seasoning to taste. Cook for another 8-10 minutes (until the rice or pasta is ready), over low to medium heat. Add more water if it’s getting dry.
* Note: Add the spinach after the sauce has cooked for about 5 minutes.
6- Drain the pasta or rice and serve on a plate. Top up with the sauce and sprinkle some cheese and minced green onion if you feel like it. Bon appetit!