More adventures with the Thermomix. On Thursday night I cooked up a batch of an old favourite – spaghetti bolognaise. This time however, the sauce was made from scratch and the vegetables were bought whole. I combined two recipes, versaceyoyo’s vege laden pasta sauce and Master Moderator’s Best Bolognaise Sauce.
I removed the veggies, and then Thermie chopped and sauteed the garlic and onion before I added the rest of the ingredients (substituting 500g minced beef for 300g tofu mince and 200g chopped veggies, and adding an extra 70g of tomato paste), then Thermie mixed them all up for 35 minutes while I was out of the kitchen.
I was very happy with the result, and we had enough for two more huge serves of leftovers. It wasn’t as tomatoey as I am used to with a jar of sauce, but it tasted great and I think it will make it into the weekly rotation.
For dessert I made rice pudding, which was pretty good. I think some extra sultanas or other dried fruit would have made it more interesting.
I am glad that I had a few successes under my belt, because the next night was a bit of a disaster. I tried to cook cookie1′s Bacon Leek and Tomato Risotto without the bacon. Once again I was impressed with how quickly it is to convert whole vegetables into diced ingredients (obviously I have never owned a food processor before).
One second later…
However, in my hands this risotto came out too runny and very bland. I think the next time I will increase the rice to 230g, and maybe add some truffle oil or stronger cheese or sundried tomatoes to give it a bit more flavour.
At least Thermie is easy to clean at the end of the night.