Remember that soffrito from last week? Well here is your opportunity to use it! Bolognese is the ultimate comfort food. Rich, meaty and deeply flavoured. Plus there’s pasta. And parmesan. Heaven.
I am finally back in the UK, after a somewhat chaotic combination of flights home. You know how it goes with connecting flights. It’s just fate that the first flight is always delayed so you won’t make the connection. Then you get rebooked onto some weird combination of other flights that get you to your destination hours later than you were supposed to arrive. Then they lose your luggage.
I consider myself to be quite lucky that they did manage to find it and get it to me by the day after I landed. I wasn’t that bothered about my clothes, more that my suitcase was packed with gifts for my family! It was so nice to be able to hand them out today after thinking I wasn’t going to see them again.
The weather here in England is PERFECT. So to all of you out there that moan about British weather, I deplore you. After months of constant sweaty heat and humidity, it is SO nice to actually experience Autumnal weather. The leaves are floating off the trees in the breeze, the air is crisp and cool and the sun is bright and high in the sky. The sunsets are gorgeous, the outlines of the skeletal trees in sharp black contrast to the pink and purple hues.
Now is definitely the time for big steaming bowls of slow-cooked goodness, and carbs. Plenty of carbs. Expect several helpings of pasta, rice and grains over the next few weeks, as well as all the stews, soups and braises. This bolognese is an Italian classic, and a great one to keep packaged up in individual portions in the freezer for those nights you want slow-cooked flavour in a hurry.
You can either serve this with homemade pappardelle, or store bought if you want something quicker!