Smoky Beef and Bacon Bolognese
Holy smokes. We've kicked this pasta up a notch, with serious barbecue flavour for a bold dinner that even sneaks a secret vegetable or two.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
- 750 g beef mince
- 4 slices middle rasher bacon diced
- 500 g pasta we used fettucine
- 1 brown onion
- 2 cloves garlic finely chopped
- 60 ml red wine
- 2 x 400 g cans diced tomatoes
- 1 carrot grated
- 1 zucchini grated
- 3 tbsp tomato paste
- 4 tbsp tomato sauce
- 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp BBQ sauce
- 20 drops liquid smoke
- 2 tsp smoky paprika or more, to taste
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Oil for cooking
Set a large saucepan of water over a high heat and bring to the boil.
Meanwhile heat the oil in a large frying pan over a medium high heat. Add the onions and garlic and stir fry until onions are translucent.
Add the minced beef and diced bacon and continue fry until browned.
Pour in red wine and cook until liquid evaporates. Reduce heat to a simmer.
Add the grated carrot and zucchini, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, and BBQ sauce. Stir through until well combined.
Gradually add the liquid smoke, smoky paprika, salt and pepper until you’re happy with the flavour. Continue to simmer on low.
Add the pasta into the pot of boiling water and cook according to packet directions.
When pasta is ready, place on serving dishes and top with the Smoky Beef and Bacon Bolognese sauce.
We cooked a big batch of this Bolognese because we were feeding 6 hungry people. If you’re cooking for a smaller number, we recommend freezing the rest for future lunch or dinnertime awesomeness.
Optional: Add your favourite fresh herbs for an extra depth of flavour. Basil, oregano or rosemary would work really well, but they’re not essential.