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Succulent Beef Bolognese

I love beef bolognese. The Italians say Bolognese. The French say Bolognaise. But essentiall it’s the same thing, and it’s wonderfully easy to make. The kids love it. It’s so versatile and can be used as a base component to create a myriad of different dishes. Of the great cooks I know, each of their beef bolognese recipes are slightly different and result in a dish unique to them. In Darling we are blessed with Nguni beef cattle produced by Waylands Farm. These animals are grass fed and free to roam, resulting in a beef product of exceptional quality and excellence.


What you'll need

olive oil

2 medium onions, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, crushed

2 celery sticks, finely diced

2 carrots, finely diced

1kg minced beef -try the Darling Nguni!

150ml Darling red wine

400ml water

1 x Knorr beef stock pot

1T tomato paste

2 tins chopped tomatoes

1T dried oregano

1t sugar

125ml milk

seasoning to taste

TIP: Use a good quality beef mince to make beef bolognese – one which is not too lean, but rather has a bit of fat in it. This fat, when cooked down provides another level of flavour.


1. Heat a little olive oil in the a large heavy-based pot.

2. Gently fry the onion, garlic, celery and carrots until soft and lightly coloured.

3. Once done, remove onion mix from the pan and set aside.

4. Turn up the heat, and into the same pan, a little bit more olive oil. Add in the minced beef, and stir until brown and evenly coloured.

5. Add the onion mix back into the pan and stir through. Add in the red wine and allow to bubble and evaporate for a few minutes.

6. Add in the stock cube, water, chopped tomatoes, dried oregano, tomato paste, sugar and salt and pepper.

7. Bring to a simmer, cover and allow to bubble away gently for about 45 minutes. If it looks as though there is too much liquid, then lift the lid slightly to allow the steam to escape, but keeping it at a constant simmer.

8. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk. Return to the heat and allow it to simmer gently again for another 15 minutes until thick and rich.

8. Once done, taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.

WINE: The recently-released Roan Ranger wine would pair beautifully with any dish containing beef bolognese.


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