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Quick Bolognese with umami kick

Ingredients for 4 portions

Per portion: 3485 kJ / 832 kcal

  • 300 g Spaghetti (large opening full)
  • 15 g Oil
  • 125 g bacon or pancetta, cubed
  • 500 g ground beef ~ 20% fat
  • 200 g carrot (3 medium)
  • 125 g celery (2 ribs)
  • 125 g onion (1 small)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 100 g cream half and half
  • 400 g canned diced tomato
  • 30 ml Kikkoman Naturally Brewed Soy Sauce
  • Fresh basil, leaves only

Preparation

Preparation time: 30 mins

Preheat oil on medium heat. Add ground beef and cook without breaking for 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Add bacon and stir to break meat. Cook for another few minutes until no more pink meat remains. Drain excess fat if desired using a sieve or a colander.

Meanwhile peel and finely chop the onion and garlic and stir them into the meat. Peel and finely chop the carrot and celery and stir them in, too. Cook for five minutes over a moderate heat, stirring frequently.

Mix in the tomatoes, Kikkoman soy sauce and half-and-half. Cook for five minutes, until slightly reduced. Taste for seasoning and season with salt and pepper if desired.

Bring water to boil in a large pan, season with salt generously and cook the spaghetti al dente according to the packaging instructions. Drain the spaghetti, saving 100 ml of cooking water. Mix spaghetti, saved water and the sauce in a large pan. Stir together over medium heat for one minute. Divide spaghetti over four plates and top with fresh basil. Serve directly.