Talk of eating Spaghetti Bolognese has been going on in my house for days.
My boys are reading a book called The Uglies in which a character named Tally goes on a treacherous journey and packs 41 packets of instant Spaghetti Bolognese.
They have only two questions: “Mom, what is spaghetti Bolognese? And can we eat some RIGHT NOW?”
I didn’t remind them I made it twice last fall—a delicious recipe from Epicurious that everyone liked—but there was nothing to help them remember it. It was eaten, swooned over, and, no sooner than the dish hit the sink, immediately forgotten.
But thanks to this book, The Uglies, it has been an obsession all week.
Now admittedly, my pantry and fridge are what we can call “well stocked.”
But when it was done, I realized that what I’d made tasted just as good as, and maybe better than, the original, complicated recipe—and I didn’t have to spend 2 hours in the kitchen stirring.
The first thing you should do is open a bottle of wine. Maybe this is how you start cooking every meal anyway. An inexpensive red would do (head to Trader Joe’s), something appropriate for a Thursday no-company sort of night.
You are going to use only a little bit of wine for the recipe, so pour yourself a glass—might as well get this weeknight non-party rolling. Besides, it will make helping with homework a little easier.
Take a sip and you may notice immediately that the kids’ voices seem softer and further away. And by voices I mean whining, crying, screaming, fighting. If this isn’t your household skip ahead to the next paragraph. If it is your house, pour a little more wine—you only need 3 tablespoons for this recipe. By the way, I’m not saying if it is my house or not.
Begin cooking now. Put up a pot of water for the pasta. You can use any kind of long noodle you have. Trader Joe’s has taglietelle, which I love, but feel free to use linguini or spaghetti, and when the water boils, salt the water well.
Once the stress of your day starts to melt away, you will begin to hone in on the smell of the olive oil: green, deep; the onions: sweet, savory; the garlic: buttery, warm; the thyme: earthy, strong. Brown your ground chicken (or any ground meat you’d like), add the luscious tomato sauce (see previous my blog, Getting Sauced), and simmer away.
When this comes together, the sauce simmering simultaneously with the pasta boiling, it will transform your Thursday night supper into something special. So, pour some more wine for you, put out extra grated parm for the kids, and enjoy.
And you never know what treasures your kids’ book hold.
Thursday Night Chicken Bolognese
· 2 tablespoons olive oil
1. In a large pan, heat the oil and cook the onion over medium-high heat until tender.