What has been voted Nottingham’s Favourite Dish?

Spaghetti Bolognese

Yes that’s right the classic Spaghetti Bolognese has been voted its top family meal. Closely followed by Pizza, a roast dinner, cottage or shepherd’s pie and at number 5 a Korma or Fish Pie. Part of me is surprised we are, dare I say boring? However if these dishes are made from scratch for an weekday evening meal or at a weekend with fresh ingredients, then actually they are classic family favourites.  I know all of the Ana Mum brood would definitely eat every one of them.  I must admit that really is one of the main influences when deciding what to cook in our house.

The research is part of the Tesco ‘Love Every Mouthful’ campaign.  Where they are trying to encourage the UK to celebrate food in all its glory. Tesco also want to highlight ingredients that are fresh, seasonal and British.  That’s got to be good right?

For more information on the Love Every Mouthful campaign please visit www.tesco.com/LoveEveryMouthful or on twitter #loveeverymouthful

So how did we make this classic?   Well in fact this time Tall Dad wanted to cook, and as I don’t eat meat, he was able to taste test as he was preparing it.

To make you need :

Bolognese Sauce

30ml of olive oil

400g of beef mince

200ml of beef stock

150ml of red wine

1 large onion (finely chopped)

400g of chopped tomatoes

1 bayleaf


Ground black pepper


300g dried spaghetti

50g parmesan


Heat the olive oil, add the onions with a little salt for 5 minutes over a medium heat.

Increase the heat now and add the mince, making sure you break up any lumps.

Once the mince is browned add chopped tomatoes, the stock and the red wine and bring to the boil.

Reduce and simmer add a bay leaf, leave to simmer for 45-50 mins (Tall Dad added a little chilli and Worcestershire sauce at this point)

Put the spaghetti  in a large pot of boiling salted water (cook until al dente)

Taste the sauce and add seasoning as needed

Drain the spaghetti, and combine with the sauce.

Add parmesan, and serve

We would usually serve with a big salad and perhaps garlic bread.

For this and over 7,000 other recipes go on the Tesco site HERE

This Spaghetti bolognese classic went down extremely well, and as predicted they loved every mouthful. I think I would add herbs to the recipe if I was making it, but Tall Dad said the flavours were great, so perhaps it didn’t need it.

Thank you Tesco for providing us with the ingredients to make this dish.

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