With the right technique and Aussie lamb, making a flavorful Bolognese doesn’t have to be an all-day affair.
¼ C olive oil
1 1/2 pounds ground Australian lamb
½ C finely diced carrot
½ C finely diced onion
½ C finely diced celery
1 Tbsp tomato paste
1 1/2 C red wine
1 (28 ounce) can San Marzano tomatoes
2 bay leaves
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp ground coriander
½ tsp ground fennel seeds
¼ tsp chili flakes
1 sprig fresh rosemary salt and pepper to taste
In a large pot over high heat, warm the olive oil. Brown the lamb, crumbling it apart and stirring it to avoid burning. Remove the meat from the pot with a slotted spoon, reserving the lamb fat.
Add the carrots, celery, and onion to the pot and reduce the heat to medium; cook for about 5 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender. Stir in the tomato paste. Add the wine and let it reduce by half, then add the meat back to the pot.
Stir in the canned tomatoes, 3 cups water, the bay leaves, cumin, coriander, fennel, chili flakes, and rosemary. Bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to maintain a slow and steady simmer for 1-2 hours, until the vegetables are tender and the sauce has thickened. Adjust the seasoning as needed with salt and pepper.
Serve the lamb Bolognese with your choice of pasta, such as a broad fresh noodle like tagliatelle, or a firm dry shape like rigatoni or penne rigate.