Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Penne Bolognese

I will admit that this is not the prettiest of dishes but it tasted so good.  Pasta is a sure hit here and this was a definite hit.  Tony, who refuses to eat left overs most of the time, ate this the next day for lunch and said it was even better the next day, if possible! I will make this again for sure! IT has a few ingredients in it that are not traditional Italian ingredients and that worried me.  They all worked together and you can taste ALL the ingredients.  IT has so many layers of flavor.  Very impressed with this recipe!
1 pound of minced beef *I used turkey*
1 box of penne boiled in salt water according to directions.  When it is al dente drain the water out and give it a splash of olive oil after you drain it so it won't stick together.
4 cloves garlic thinly sliced
4 red chiles, chopped
5 large ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp salt
juice of 1 lime
2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp red chili flakes
1 tsp cumin
grated cheddar cheese * I used 1 1/2 cups*
1 Tbsp butter
Parmesan cheese

Add 2 Tbsp olive oil to  a large sauce pan and add the garlic and red chilis.  Saute for 3-4 minutes until the garlic is browning, watch it carefully! Add the meat and cook about 10 minutes until it is completely done. Lower the heat and add the tomatoes, spices, lime juice and sugar.  ADd 3 Tbsp water and mix all together.  Cook until the tomatoes become soft.  Cover teh meat with a little bit more water and close the lid and allow it to cook and simmer on low heat.  You can decide how chunky or reduced you like it, we like it a little chunky.  I let it simmer for about 25 minutes. Add the cooked pasta to the sauce and stir it together, add the butter and cheddar cheese and mix well.  Top with parm cheese and DEVOUR!! Enjoy~

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