(plus 4-8 hours slow cooker time!)
It’s been mentioned a few times on the Mums’ Days Facebook page that as a busy mum it can be tricky to find time to eat healthily in the evening. Even if you are a stay-at-home-mum this can be tricky (believe me!!). You get in, everyone is starving so you reach for the quickest and easiest thing available or get a take away! Well, today that’s going to change. With the help of my handy slow cooker, I made Spaghetti Bolognese in 5 minutes yesterday. And, all before I had even left the house that morning. Smug isn’t even the word!
I thought you might like to see what I did because, without wanting to blow my own trumpet, this was the most delicious Spaghetti Bolognese I’ve had in years. OK, so it’s not necessarily traditional but it’s still damn good!
Spaghetti Bolognese in 5 minutes
1. Get your ready prepped veg out of the fridge
This is the slight cheat as I had prepped all the veg the night before when I was making tea – All in the name of time saving in the morning though! I had carrot and butternut squash in the pan (there is something magical about slow cooked root veg!) and onion, leek, garlic and thyme in the Tupperware. You can pretty much use whatever veg you have available in a spaghetti bolognese if you ask me – peppers, courgette, aubergine, etc! And, I’d say any herbs too.
2. Brown the meat in some oil in a frying pan, then add the Tupperwear veg
Give it a good stir and leave it to do it’s thing for a few minutes
3. Meanwhile, pop the carrots and butternut squash in the slow cooker, boil the kettle and make some chicken or veg stock (about 500ml)
Don’t add the stock to the slow cooker yet, you might get splashed when you add the meat and veg!
4. Add the meat and veg to the slow cooker
5. Then add the stock and some passata or tinned tomatoes.
Make sure there is plenty of liquid in so that it doesn’t burn while you are out! You might want to add more water to be sure
6. Set the slow cooker on low and go about your business!
All the above genuinely took me 5 minutes. I then left the slow cooker on for 7 and half hours. With a bit more liquid, it would have been fine for longer.
I switched it off half an hour before we were going to eat and added some spinach. The heat from the food cooked the spinach and it was just the right temperature to eat. Goldilocks would have approved.
7. When you’re ready to eat, all you have to do is cook your preferred pasta to go with it!
This isn’t just a Spaghetti Bolognese Bolognese – Reuben likes shells with his and I had it without pasta at all. Rebels. Mike was the only one who actually had the full Spaghetti Bolognese experience.
Spaghetti Bolognese minus the spaghetti.
Spaghetti Bolognese but with pasta shells (the only pasta Reuben will entertain – and I mash the Bolognese down so there aren’t any great hunks of carrot or meat)