Early this week, my husband and I were discussing about our Christmas menu for this year. Like what I'ved mentioned before, we're doing a simpler line of dishes. As discussed, our main dish is going to be pasta and as requested by my one and only, he asked me if I could whip up something similar to Banapple's Penne Bolognese. It may seem easy. From the texture, the over-all presentation and considering the availability of ingredients. But the question now is... will I be able to nail the exact same taste and flavor?
As always, this has been the part I enjoy the most--- making the dish my own by concocting a different mixture of flavors. It may be richer or chunkier. It can also be an all- natural, salt-free dish. Aside from fresh ground beef, there are several ingredients that I love adding with the sauce. Chunks mushrooms and fresh parsley. For me, fresh parsley is more than just a garnish. It's flavor can turn an ordinary spaghetti to a gourmet dish.How To:
- 1/2 K ground beef (sirloin)
- 400g penne
- 500g tomato sauce or spaghetti sauce
- 1 cup crushed fresh red tomatoes
- 5 cloves garlic (minced)
- A bowl of chopped button mushrooms
- 2 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
- 3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp grated Mozzarella cheese
- Olive oil for sautéing
- A dash of salt and ground pepper
- Cook penne al dente! Set Aside.
- In a sauce pan, saute minced garlic in olive oil until light brown.
- Add ground beef . Stir until cooked.
- Add crushed red tomatoes and stir for a few minutes.
- Add chunks of button mushroom and parsley. Stir.
- Add tomato sauce or preferred spaghetti sauce. Set on low fire and keep stirring.
- Add grated Parmesan cheese. Mix everything well.
- Add salt and ground pepper to taste.
- Plating can be individually. Set cooked penne in a pasta plate, top with prepared sauce and grated mozzarella cheese.
- In one platter. Mix sauce with the cooked penne and top with grated Mozzarella cheese.
Ready to serve. Enjoy the Holidays!