Creamy Pork Sausage & Beef Penne Bolognase

A really good Bolognese sauce takes time, so this is a good recipe to make over a weekend where you have some extra time to devote to cooking.

One of the keys to a good Bolognese is to simmer (or slow cook) the Bolognese sauce for at least one hour.  Many people simmer for 2-3 hours or even more.  This process allows the beef stock that has been added to reduce & evaporate thereby intensifying the overall flavour of the bolognese sauce.  This process is well worth the effort.

Combining beef and Italian pork sausage which adds a little sweetness, simmered in a rich tomato based sauce mixed through with herbs and spices.  Finished off by mixing through Parmesan and cream to add to the rich lush texture.  Finally add Penne and you have an amazingly good pasta meal.  The longer you simmer the sauce the better the result.

This recipe requires a large frying pan or pot and makes quite a sizeable amount.  So leftovers freeze well and taste great the next day also.

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Creamy Pork Sausage & Beef Penne Bolognese
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 80 minutes minimum
Servings
people
Ingredients
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 80 minutes minimum
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil In a large frying pan or pot over medium to high heat.
  2. Add onion & carrot and cook for about 5-6 minutes until onion is soft.
  3. Add garlic and cook a further 3 minutes.
  4. Add beef mince and sausage mince and season with salt and pepper. Cook for about 5 - 10 minutes until mince is browned. Stir regularly and use a wooden spoon to break up the mince clumps.
  5. Add tomato paste, parley, oregano, rosemary, basil & thyme. Stir to mix through
  6. Add crushed tomatoes, beef stock and bay leaves and stir until well combined.
  7. Reduce heat to simmer and allow to simmer for at least one hour. This will reduce most of the stock and intensify the flavours. Do not cover pan or pot.
  8. Near the end of the simmering cook the penne according to packet instructions. The penne will typically take about 15 minutes to cook, so try to time this to finish near the end of the simmering of the bolognase mixture.
  9. After simmering for the required time, add parmesan cheese and thickened cream and stir through.
  10. Finally add the penne and stir to mix thoroughly with the bolognase mixture
  11. Remove from heat and serve. Sprinkle with additional parmesan if required.
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