I'm like Dr Frankenstein in the kitchen it seems. Eloise can't get enough of cooking with me and always is asking 'what are we making next Mummy?' and some of the time in the interest of speed or safety I have to say 'not today'. I don't want to dampen her spirits though and so have promised a meal/cooking session each week.
So this was one such recipe and I'll apologise in advance. When you have a very enthusiastic and active sous chef in the kitchen it starts to get a bit blurry - in the photos that is.
First of all I set up a little station with all the chopped ingredients ready to go. I set a plastic bowl next to it so she can fetch ingredients and put them into the bowl and bring to the stove.
The results are amazing - full of flavour and all the frills asked for seconds. Hubby told Eloise she was a brilliant chef and she could make it again next week - she was as you could imagine greatly encouraged (ecstatic!) by this..!
1 onion, finely diced
1 medium carrot, finely diced
1 stalk celery finely diced
1 clove garlic, finely sliced
4 slices proscuitto, finely diced
2 tb butter
3 tb olive oil
500g veal and pork mince
3 tb tomato paste
1 cup dry white
1 cup milk
400g tin of diced tomatoes
1 cup beef stock
500g rigatoni, dried
In a large saucepan, stockpot or frying pan melt butter with the olive oil and add the garlic, onions, carrots and celery, stir until the onion becomes translucent
Add the proscuitto and keep stirring until cooked
Add the mince and brown well.
Add the tomato paste and combine well
Add white wine, milk, tinned tomatoes and stock, turn to a medium heat for about 45 minutes-1 hour until the sauce reduces and becomes thick.
Prepare your rigatoni and drain well, add to the sauce and grate some fresh parmesan on top.
Psst - as promised - extra opportunity to spoil yourself with $250 Coles Myer Voucher PLUS $250 basket of Lindt TODAY ONLY (to those with Australian postal addresses) I'm going to count an entry before 2pm and one after 2pm until midnight tonight (so two entries) if you tweet on twitter:
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