At the tail end of the summer of 2013, I was lucky enough to visit Bologna, the origin of childhood staple spaghetti bolognese. It’s a meal I distinctly remember my parents making for my brother and I and I’ve loved it my whole adult life. Now, for reasons unknown, even to myself, despite spending one fantastic evening hanging out in Bologna city centre, eating at a street restaurant, to the tune of Italian jazz, I didn’t actually try their bolognese! What a mistake-a to make-a!
Actually, I suspect the reason would have been diet related – trying to cut out wheat in Italy, or in fact, anywhere that serves great food is tricky but I was sticking to my guns. Cie la vie, I probably missed out. Fabulous recent discovery in my candida diet endeavours, however, is gluten/ free pasta from Heinz. Now I’ve tried gluten free pasta before but it’s always been gloopy, bloated and not all that delicious. This Heinz one is yummers and gets a total thumbs up from me. I can eat pasta dishes again!
So, I wanted to cook something hearty, tasty, filling and delicious – with pasta back on the menu, bolognese was the way to go! A quick online search and up jumped the BBC Good Food recipe with the description, ‘my husband says this is the best bolognese he has ever tasted’. Pretty awesome review … so I followed the recipe, threw in some extra wine, some lovely dried herbs, loads of garlic, bacon (oh yes), fresh chilli and made what I would soundly hail as the new meal in my life. Buy the following ingredients, find the full recipe here and enjoy yourself a really yummy tea tonight!
- 500g Fresh Beef Mince.
- 400g Dried Spaghetti.
- 4 Rashers of Smoked Streaky Bacon, finely diced.
- 2 Tins of Plum/Chopped Tomatoes.
- 6 Fresh Cherry Tomatoes.
- 2 Medium Onions, peeled and finely diced.
- 2 Sticks of Celery, trimmed and finely diced.
- 2 Carrots, trimmed and finely diced.
- 2 Cloves of Garlic, peeled and finely diced.
- 1 Medium Chilli (optional), seeded and finely sliced
- 75g Freshly grated Parmesan Cheese, plus extra for grating over.
- 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
- 1 Beef Stock Cube.
- Glass of red wine (optional)
- 2-3 Sprigs of Fresh Rosemary.
- Handful of Fresh Basil, plus extra for Garnish.
- 1 tsp Dried Oregano.
- 1-2 Fresh Bay Leaves.
- Olive oil.
- Sea Salt and Black Pepper
Make it candida diet friendly by using wheat free pasta instead of crusty bread and enjoy the Italian inspired goodness – with a kick of chilli, you might want to pour a nice glass of red vino to wash it all down with. Perfect meal for the end of a working day or a super Saturday of deliciousness.
Candida diet note: grate a tasty hard goats cheese over the top instead of parmesan and swap the glass of red for a gin, soda and fresh lime!