Ground beef, a staple in kitchens worldwide, is a versatile and flavorful protein source made from finely ground beef cuts. With its rich flavor and adaptable texture, ground beef lends itself to a wide range of culinary creations. Whether used in classic dishes like hamburgers, meatloaf, or chili, or incorporated into international cuisines such as tacos, bolognese sauce, or kebabs, ground beef adds depth and satisfaction to any meal. Its affordability, convenience, and ability to absorb various seasonings and flavors make it a popular choice for home cooks and professional chefs alike, offering endless possibilities for delicious and hearty dishes.
Here’s a simple and delicious recipe for classic Beef Bolognese:
1 lb (450g) ground beef
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 carrot, finely diced
1 celery stalk, finely diced
1 can (14 oz / 400g) crushed tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup (240ml) beef broth
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
Salt and pepper, to taste
Olive oil, for cooking
Cooked pasta, for serving
Grated Parmesan cheese, for garnish
Fresh basil leaves, for garnish (optional)
Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes.
Add the minced garlic, diced carrot, and diced celery to the skillet. Cook for another 3-4 minutes until the vegetables are tender.
Push the vegetables to the side of the skillet and add the ground beef to the center. Cook the beef, breaking it up with a spoon, until it is browned and cooked through.
Stir in the crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, beef broth, dried oregano, and dried basil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Bring the sauce to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low. Let it simmer gently for about 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, to allow the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken.
While the sauce is simmering, cook your pasta according to package instructions until al dente.
Serve the Bolognese sauce over cooked pasta, garnished with grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves if desired.
Enjoy your delicious homemade Beef Bolognese with family and friends!
Feel free to adjust the seasonings and add your favorite herbs or spices to customize the flavor to your liking.
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