A touch of vegetables can do no harm to a tasty bolognaise…

Laziness Factor: 2

[where 0 is sneezing and 4 is composing an opera]

Ingredients for 5-6 servings

– 500g gnocchi

– 250g beef minced meat

– 1 red onion

– 4 tomatoes

– 2 cloves of garlic

– 200g mushrooms

– half a broccoli (cut in 5-6 florets)

– 2 red peppers, chopped

– 2 grated zucchinis

– 2 laurel leaves

– some freshly ground nutmeg

– salt, pepper, olive oil

 

1.

Start by heating some olive oil in a pan and adding the onion and mushrooms.

Don’t start boiling the pasta yet, since the fresh tomatoes will take longer to get cooked than a canned tomato juice.

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2.

Then add the red peppers, the zucchinis and the garlic.

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3.

Cut the broccoli florets and add them too.

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4.

Now it’s time to add the minced meat.

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5.

Let these ingredients get cooked until the meat turns brown.

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6.

Cut and peel the tomatoes.

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7.

As soon as you add the tomatoes into the pan, it’s time to start boiling the gnocchi.

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8.

It will take approximately 15-20 minutes to the tomatoes to release their liquids and start forming the sauce (here I had some cherry tomatoes I wanted to use and I popped them in as well…).

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9.

Take the laurel leaves out of the sauce, drain the pasta when it’s al dente and add the into the pan. The gnocchi have this amazing property of capturing the ingredients inside when you eat them…

Bon appetit!… Serve with some grated hard cheese.

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Alternative lazy scenarios:

In fact, you can add or remove ingredients from this recipe. As long as there is meat and tomatoes, very few things can go really wrong…

 

Here is a video version of this great recipe:

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