It varies from person to person and country to country.
I, personally, have never seen the over-the-top appeal of Mac & Cheese.
It’s good, yes; comforting, probably; but something to order in a restaurant? I don’t think so!
Something to put lobster in (shudder)?!?!? Why would I do that to lobster?!?
When I’m feeling a bit under the weather and am craving comfort food I always opt for something tomato-based: chili, pizza, tomato soup, pasta…..
So, it seems do the British. For them SpagBol is their Mac & Cheese. (They also like ‘Beans in Tomato Sauce on Toast – go figure.)
I’ve had ‘SpagBol’ in London. It more closely resembles my mother’s ‘Spaghetti’, made with tomato soup, then a proper Ragu Bolognese. (I’ll post that recipe soon.)
Why am I telling you this?
Because this is not a proper ‘Bolognese’ sauce, nor is it served on spaghetti.
I realize that two wrongs don’t make a right…..
But this is fairly close in flavor to the Italian for a quick & easy version.
So…. I guess this would be SpagSquaBol.
Spaghetti Squash Bolognese
Total time: 60 minutes
- 1 medium spaghetti squash
- 2oz (60gr) dry-cured ham, like Prosciutto
- 12oz (360gr) ground beef
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/2 red pepper, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1/2 cup (4oz, 120ml) beef stock
- 2 cups (15oz, 450gr) whole tomatoes
- 2 tbs tomato paste
- 1 tsp smokey paprika
- 1/2 tsp basil
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- a pinch of nutmeg
- freshly grated Parmesan
- Squash: Cut the spaghetti squash in half the short way and scoop out the seeds.
- Place cut-side down in a baking dish and bake for 45 minutes at 400F, or until the shell pierces easily.
- Using a fork, scrape out the strands of squash and put into 2 flattish bowls.
- Sauce: Heat oil in a large skillet.
- Add onion, pepper and sauté over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Add beef, ham, garlic and sauté until cooked through and brown, breaking it up as it cooks.
- Add stock, tomatoes, tomato paste, paprika, herbs and nutmeg.
- Bring to a boil, stir well, cover partially, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- To serve: Spoon sauce on spaghetti squash, sprinkle Parmesan and serve.
I had a lovely email today, from the mountains in Spain, wishing us all a Happy New Year.
And showing off the new Leonberger puppy.
I don’t think they would mind if I shared one of the pics.
That is Baloo, at around 11 weeks, teasing Ghengis, the brother to my two dogs.
So you get a proper perspective…. Here’s Ghengis last summer surveying the tables for the party:
He’s a big boy….
No, we do not need one of these…..