Comfort food: beef bolognese sauce with chunky vegetables

One of my favourite things to do now is to cook a HUGE pot of beef bolognese sauce, then eat it for many meals. It’s easy and therapeutic, plus I love tomato-based pasta sauces.

The only part I don’t really like about the whole deal is chopping onions. I mean, who does? It stings, man! So if any of you would like to buy me an awesome onion chopper that Kerol and I spotted last night at Parkson 1U going for the low low price of RM85, of course I’d thank you and be genuinely happy.

Suanie's bolognese sauce with vegetables

For one cooking session, the ingredients come up to about RM45. Garlic and onions RM1.50. Green pepper RM3. 2 carrots RM1.50. 2 types of mushrooms: RM8. Minced beef RM11. Half a pack of celery RM2. 2 slices of cheese RM1.50. Prego tomato sauce because I still haven’t learned how to/ be bothered to make my own tomato sauce RM11. A pack of linguine (nicer than spaghetti!) RM5. Throw in a yellow zucchini if you’re feeling extravagant.

I can eat this for about 7 or 8 meals. Pretty easy to please, eh?

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  1. Bolognese is my comfort food too!
    Easy DIY tomato sauce: Cambell’s tomato soup (not cream of tomato) + a can of canned tomatoes.
    A teaspoon of dried mustard when browning your beef with onions also adds great flavour.

  2. I do that too! It’s so nice to have a yummy meal ready to just heat up at the end of a long hard day. i hate chopping onions too. I just whizz it in the food processor.

  3. i usually use the leftover thickened bolognese sauce between some buns for a really quick and filling bfast fix (or late night munchies LOL). kind of a cheat sloppy joes.

  4. Eeelz: Ooo thanks for the mustard tip! Actually I don’t have a lot of spices and condiments yet, need to slowly fill up lah. My sister gave me a recipe for tomato sauce, I’ve yet to do it. Actually I forgot already so I’ve to ask her again… a lot cheaper leh

    Serene: So convenient, kan? I don’t have a food processor. Think I need a blender! How’s your kitchen aid stuff, all stocked up already?

    Izad: Heheheh they’re good for everything!

  5. Lulu Cattywampus says:

    RM 85 for an onion chopper???? really? that’s highway robbery! your bolognese sauce looks delicious though :)

  6. reh herbal says:

    hmmm its looks like yummy taste :)

  7. http://ikea.com.my/en/catalog/detail.asp?art=60161561&q=b14r142p1422p1423&cat=cookneat%2Ccookwarentool%2Cgadget

    i use this for chopping all kinds of things. one of my favourite kitchen toys

  8. very comforting and easy to make, it’s my favourite too :)
    no need to make your own tomato sauce, just buy tin tomato puree, works just as good! Next time blend saje lah the onions….

  9. wah that RM 29 ikea chopper looks good now!

  10. The real Bolognese sauce simply uses tomato puree. Saute all the onion, garlic and dump in tomato puree + etc, simmer long long till the tomato puree loses it’s relative sourness. If you’re feeling extravagant, dump in some red wine for BEST effect. Don’t forget the herbs – oregano, basil etc. Just throw in whatever you have in the pantry :)

    P.s. In Italy, if you order spaghetti bolognese, you will get a strange look. Bolognese is eaten with tagliatelle or fettucine there :P

  11. I do this as well! And I bottle the sauce and leave it in the fridge.

    To avoid chopping veges, I actually put them in a blender and spin it around a couple of times. Works pretty well!

    Fresh tomato sauce is actually very easy. You just need like 7 or 8 large tomatoes. Blitz it in the blender, then add tomato puree to get the correct colour you want and salt and pepper and herbs to taste. Easy peasy!!

  12. Prego is good because it has herbs added in it. so stick to prego!!

  13. flyingfish says:

    :) looks yummy!
    though i spice mine up with sambal, always :)

  14. Anonymous (Unknown) 6/17/2009 9:20 PM
    I just opened this product and used it for the first time. I selected an onion that had been in ther fridge for awhile – maybe a month or two. I cut the onion and peeled the skin as directed but COULD NOT get the thing to chop the onion no matter how hard I pushed down on the cover. I remembered reading reviews before I bought it that said it didn’t work, but I thought “How could this thing ever have made it to market if it didn’t work?” I cleaned the mush from the first onion out from the slicing blades and selected a fresher onion (bought just this week)from the fridge. PRESTO!! The thing worked like a charm! I haven’t tried any other veggies yet, but I can attest that if you use fresh onions, this baby works. If the onions are not fresh, forget about it. Unless you are Arnold Schwarzenegger, you will never get the cover down (this is probably why some people complain that it breaks), and if you do manage to get the cover down on a less-than-fresh onion without breaking the device, you will be rewarded with a pile of mush. The instructions do say that ease of chopping will vary with size and freshness of onion, but they probably need to stress this more to save users from a lot of frustration & disappointment. This chopper comes with only one fixed blade, and it cuts the onion into very small (1/4 in. square) pieces. The VIDALIA Chopper looks to be identical, but it comes with an additional larger blade – for more money, of course. I probably would have bought the VIDALIA Chopper if I had realized this but am still satisfied with this so far. FRESH ONIONS are the ticket! Buy this and enjoy!

    Progressive International Onion Chopper
    Anonymous (Unknown) 12/1/2009 4:21 PM
    This Progressive Onion Chopper does a good job, but you still need to slice the onion before you put it in the chopper. It won’t chop through half of an onion like it claims. I wish I had bought the Vidalia Onion Wizard because it comes with 2 inserts (one for chopping and one for dicing). I haven’t been able to find another insert for the Progressive that is a different size.

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