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Ingredients 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 shallot, minced 2 garlic cloves, minced 7 to 8 cremini mushrooms, diced 2 carrots, peeled and grated using a box grater 1/2 red bell pepper, diced 1/4 teaspoon dried majoram 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 2 sprigs of fresh thyme 1 teaspoon salt Pinch of crushed red pepper 1 (15-ounce) can of diced tomatoes 2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan-Reggiano, plus more for garnish 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 pound of dried pasta Italian parsley, for garnish Directions To a large pot, heat two tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the shallot. Cook until the shallots turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic, mushrooms, carrots, red bell pepper and spices: marjoram, oregano, fresh thyme, salt and crushed red pepper. Next, pour in the can of tomatoes. (If you’re using a can of cherry tomatoes, take the back of your spoon and crush them.) Add 1/2 cup (you can eyeball this measurement) of water to the empty tomato can, swishing it around so you get all of the remnants of tomato juice; pour the tomato water into the pot and stir. Bring the tomato sauce to a slight simmer and then turn the heat down to low. Cover the pot and cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. At the 20 minute mark, stir in the tomato paste, balsamic vinegar, Parmesan-Reggiano and a splash or two of water, if it’s cooked down a bit too much. Cover the pot once more and cook for an additional 10 minutes, until the sauce is fragrant and has thickened slightly. (If at any time the sauce becomes too thick, you can simply add a bit more tomato paste and a 1/4 cup of water or veggie stock.) Right before tossing with the pasta, add the butter and mix until melted. Meanwhile, boil some salted water and cook the pasta per the box’s instructions. (Mine told me 10 minutes exactly.) Toss the pasta with a few tablespoons of sauce and serve with a few spoonfuls of bolognese on top. Garnish with more Parmesan-Reggiano and a sprinkle of Italian parsley. Yield: 4 servings
I am trying to celebrate my successful herb garden so I am so excited this calls for fresh thyme! It's the first time (thyme?) in my life that I can just pick a few springs off and cook!
Sounds delightful!
Spaghetti Bolognese is one of my favorites! I'm definitely going to make this sometime soon :)