Hearty Bolognese Pasta

Today’s recipe if from Yasmina Gharbawi who is known on Instagram as @yassminaskitchen. From a very young age she was passionate about cooking and taught herself everything she know today. Long story short she has been living in between London (where I was born) & Lebanon, Beirut. When she was living in London she would cook & send food to her sisters, friends and family friend’s kids. She learnt a lot of recipes from cookbooks, online & YouTube but she always altered them to her taste. She started her blog wanting to share her food and recipes but focused more on her Instagram blog sharing the food she cooked daily and sharing a menu where people could order from. A lot of what she share on Instagram are things she cooks based on what she is craving !

Yasmina shares with us her Hearty Bolognese Pasta in time for the Easter holidays. Who doesn’t love a good pasta?

Here is what you will need:

  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  2. 2 large cooking onions or 3 small cooking onions (chopped)
  3. 4 garlic cloves smashed
  4. 1 carrot, finely chopped
    1. I like to cut the carrots in half then cut the halves in half and chop thinly
  5. A kilo of mince meat (beef)
  6. 2-3 cups of red wine
  7. 6 fresh peeled and chopped tomatoes
  8. Grated parmesan cheese (I prefer fresh parmesan)
  9. 2 bay leaves
  10. A teaspoon Red chilli flakes (more of less depending on how hot or not so hot you like it!)
  11. 1 spoon of tomato paste
  12. Salt and ground black pepper (Depending on your liking)
  13. A kilo of Spaghetti


So for the cooking:

  1. Drizzle some olive oil in a pot and when heated pour in the chopped onions and let fry
  2. When the onions start turning gold
    1. Throw in the smashed garlic and let fry
    2. Add the chilli flakes
  3. When the onions and garlic have cooked
    1. Throw in the mince meat and let cook
    2. Keep mixing the onions, garlic and meat
  4. When the meat is cooked
    1. Pour in the red wine
    2. Add the 2 bay leaves
    3. Let the meat boil in the red wine for about 20-30 minutes
    4. At about 10 minutes
      1. Add the chopped carrots
  5. When you see the majority of wine has been absorbed
    1. Add the chopped tomatoes
    2. When the tomatoes has settled
    3. Add the spoon of tomato paste
    4. Add salt and pepper
  6. The trick is to continuously taste your dish along the way
    1. You might need to add more salt/ pepper
    2. Maybe a little bit more of the red wine!
  7. Let the Bolognese cook and infuse together
    1. In the mean time, boil the spaghetti to “Al-Dente – Not fully cooked”
      1. (No one likes a soggy pasta!!)
  8. Voila!
    1. Drizzle a little olive oil when served
    2. Sprinkle the grated parmesan when served (If you like of course)