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Spaghetti Bolognese

Simple yet popular meal, pasta with meat and tomato sauce. Takes about 15-20 minutes and makes 4 servings (see below if you aren\'t going to eat 4 servings at once).
  • You will need:
  • 1/2 a box/bag of pasta (the regular 16oz package); use any shape you like, it doesn\'t have to be spaghetti
  • 1 cup ground beef
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes (canned is fine)
  • oil, salt, pepper
  • Optional: onions, garlic, mushrooms, carrots, sweet peas, seasoning
Start the water for pasta (fill a large pot with water, add salt to it, and place it on high heat) and meanwhile start frying the ground beef in a large pan. When the water starts boiling - add pasta to it. Add diced tomatoes (and any other vegetables you are using) to your ground beef, and lower the heat (under the pan with the meat, not the pot with the pasta). Check the pasta every now and then, it can be ready in anywhere between 4 and 12 minutes, depending on shape, brand, and your preferences. When it\'s ready - drain it and add it to your pan as well. Salt, pepper, garlic, seasoning to taste. Mix well, and let it all cook together for a couple of minutes more.

If you want to cook your pasta now, but eat it later - store the pasta and the sauce separately, and only mix them as needed, on a pan or in a microwave bowl. It will taste much better this way. Just add a dash of cooking oil to your boiled pasta and mix it well, before it cools off, this will prevent it from sticking together. Many restaurants do it this way, pre-cooking batches of pasta every few days.

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