I love my thermomix – I really do!!!  Usually when I make spaghetti bolognese I do it the way I have always done it – on a stove, chopping onions, stirring, waiting….  Tonight I have a babysitter coming to look after the kids, so wanted dinner all ready for me to be able to walk out the door.  Spaghetti bolognese is a meal that always pleases my kids, so I was really happy to find a quicker way of cooking it.  I made it this morning in between school lunches and brushing teeth – it was fantastic!   So great knowing dinner is cooked and I hardly had to lift a finger.

I had made a bolognese sauce in the thermomix once before when I first got it, and must say that I wasn’t too impressed.  I think it is because I basically just did it the stove-top way.  Today I didn’t use a jar of pasta sauce that I usually do, nor did I use canned tomatoes.  I used lots of fresh veggies, and it tastes wonderful!  I really hope you try this recipe.

Bolognese Sauce

Ingredients

1 onion

3 cloves garlic

20g olive oil

4 – 5 ripe tomatoes

2 carrots

½ zucchini

½ red capsicum

500g beef mince

70g tomato paste

100g button mushrooms or small can champignons

2 Tablespoons stock concentrate

100g water (or red wine)

Method

Place onion and garlic in thermomix bowl and chop for 3 seconds on speed 5

Add olive oil and cook for 3 minutes at 100°C on speed 1

Add tomatoes, carrot, zucchini, red capsicum and herbs at chop for 5 seconds on speed 6

Add mince, mushrooms, tomato paste, stock concentrate and water then cook for 45 minutes at 100°C on reverse + speed soft

Once cooked place in thermoserve bowl to keep warm while you cook the pasta.

Serves: 6

Approximate calories per serve: 212