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Burst Tomato Bolognese

Warm burst heirloom tomato Bolognese with fresh rosemary and leeks; topped with shaved Parmesan and fresh basil.
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 35-40 min
Calories: 710 Fat: 11g Carbs: 71g Protein: 19g

Bolognese is comfort at its best. This bowl of saucy bolognese is everything you’ve ever wanted on a regular weeknight to enjoy in a meal with your family. Cozy, fun, easy, quick, comforting and best of all it uses only two pots making for super easy cleanup. Don’t hesitate, this is a bowl of heaven.

Ingredients
Spaghetti
Basil
Cherry tomatoes
Rosemary
Garlic
Leeks
Grass fed ground beef
Parmesan
Tomato paste
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Cooking terms for this recipe

Chiffonade To finely slice vegetables or herbs. Best done by stacking the leaves and rolling, then slicing.
Sauté “To jump”. To fry in a small amount of fat at high heat.
Simmer To stew gently below or just at boiling point.

What you need

Medium pot

Medium, tall sauté pan

Cooking Instructions

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Step 1: MISE EN PLACE

Read though the entire recipe before getting started. Bring 6 cups water, with a pinch of salt, to a boil in a medium pot. Wash and dry all produce. Chiffonade basil. Remove root from leek and discard; then, thinly slice. Mince or grate garlic. Cut cherry tomatoes in half. Remove rosemary leaves from stem and rough chop. Remove ground beef from package and pat dry.

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Step 2: COOK PASTA

Add spaghetti to boiling water; cook at a rolling boil for 10-12 min until pasta is al dente. Reserve 2 cups pasta water, then drain well and set aside. While pasta is cooking, begin sautéing the aromatics (Step #3).

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Step 3: SAUTÉ AROMATICS

Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in medium pan over medium heat. Add leeks and sauté 2-3 min until softened; then, add garlic and sauté another 1-2 min. Add cherry tomatoes, tomato paste and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook until tomatoes burst and tomato paste caramelizes. Remove from pan and set aside.

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Step 4: COOK BEEF

Add 1 Tbsp. oil to previously used pan over medium heat. Heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a medium sauté pan over medium heat. Add ground beef and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook breaking apart with a spoon or spatula until done, about 5-8 min. The USDA recommends cooking beef to an internal temperature 145ºF.

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Step 5: FINISH PASTA

Add tomato base to ground beef and stir to incorporate. Add 2 cups pasta water and stir. Cook simmering 4-6 min until incorporated. Add spaghetti to pan and simmer another 4-6 min.

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Step 6: PLATE YOUR DISH

Top Bolognese with Parmesan cheese and fresh basil. Divide pasta between two bowls. Enjoy!