Bolognese (whatever your recipe) is a go-to meal for many families. Easy and cheap to prepare, this crowd pleaser ticks all the boxes. Next you make Bolognese sauce, why not make double the quantity and get inspired with the interesting ways with Bolognese…
Instead of using a store bought jar of pasta sauce or tomato paste, replace with Bolognese sauce for a hearty, interesting variation that the family will love. Top with plenty of cheese (or course). You could even add mushrooms for another level of flavor.
Cheats Chili Con Carne
Not exactly authentic, but a great way to transform leftover Bolognese is with some chili powder, ground cumin seeds, smoked paprika, red kidney beans (or whatever canned beans you have on hand) and a dash of hot sauce. Heat and serve with rice or tortilla chips.
Salad sandwiches or wraps
If you’re a sandwich lover, add your leftover Bolognese as a filling in any sandwich or wrap you make – don’t forget the cheese! Heat in a sandwich maker or panini press for a to-die-for lunch or light meal.
Not-quite Shepherd’s pie
A typical Shepherd’s pie would have a mincemeat and vegetable filling. You can easily use your leftover Bolognese sauce and top with mash potato and cheese. Bake at 450c for 30 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbling.
Stuffed baked potatoes
Who doesn’t love a baked potato? You can top them with literally any kind of filling, so why not Bolognese sauce. Just heat up the sauce and scoop out some of the inside of your piping hot baked potato. Top with sour cream and grated cheese.
A quick and interesting dinner idea is stuffed vegetables. I think peppers work best. Simply slice across the top and scoop out the insides with a mixture of Bolognese sauce, cooked rice and cheese. Bake at 350c for 30 minutes.