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Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 4, Day 2

Spaghetti Bolognese
Fresh Fruit

Cooking time:  60 minutes for menu       Cooking schedule: see below for "menu" instructions

     How about some Classic Italian? Something easy; something not creamy or cheesy or high-fat.  Something to get us back to reality.  The sauce makes a large batch, but it freezes well.  We'll use more for the Lasagne.  If there is any left - either eat it or freeze in 1 cup portions for quick lunches. 

Spaghetti Bolognese

Total time: 60 minutes
   This is a true Northern Italian meat sauce based on one found in the Time Life "Foods of the World, Italian,' book.  It's not the tomato-y sauce that we have come to expect as the standard.  It's full-flavored and fantastic, filled with minced vegetables and meat; but it's not thick. 

Spaghetti Bolognese Ingredients:


Note: The cream or crème fraiche is added when served over pasta.

Fresh Fruit

Something seasonal

or the rest of the Christmas cookies.....

Cooking Schedule: 60 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
pot and colander for pasta, large saucepan with lid,
large skillet

Finely chop all vegetables for Ragù, sauté
Finely chop ham
Remove vegetables for Ragù to saucepan, low heat
Sauté ham, beef and pork
Grate Parmesan
Mind the meat, stirring and breaking up
Add wine, reduce
Add meat to vegetables
Roughly chop tomatoes, add, with all juices

Add stock, tomato paste, herbs, nutmeg
Cover partially, simmer
    15 minute break
Put water on for pasta
   15 minute break
Cook pasta if dry
    10 minute break
Remove 2 cups sauce, add crème fraiche
Cook pasta if fresh
Drain pasta
Add sauce, Parmesan to pasta
Finish pasta
Serve all and enjoy!
Don't forget the fruit (or cookies)