Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Spicy Lamb Bolognese with Creamy Spinach Polenta

 
This past weekend we made a beef & lamb bolognese sauce but we didn't serve it over pasta. We served it over polenta. I wish we could take credit for this yummy idea but we cannot. We saw Giada make it on her Easter episode of Giada Entertains. Her presentation was much prettier than ours! We've wanted to make this ever since we saw the episode back in April.
First, the bolognese. We forgot to add celery to our curb-side pick up. Oops. But then we had to drop something off at my parents' place, so I asked mom if she had any celery, and she did, so dad brought it out to us when he claimed his bag of stuff from the trunk of the car. We also forgot to actually check our carrots, so we had to use one soft, brown, disgusting carrot that was in the veggie bin. Life during COVID-19. If things were "normal" I would have sent SP down the hill to the store for fresh veggies! Or maybe we should make the effort to actually look at the veggies in the bin and not just whether or not they exist/are identifiable in the bin?

As usual, we omitted the garlic. Since I don't like spicy, we also omitted the Calabrian chili paste and decreased the amount of red pepper flakes. We used a pound each of the beef and lamb, so more than the recipe uses.
The polenta. Delicious. Creamy. Cheesy. It has parmesan, mascarpone, and pecorino. So good!
The polenta, spooned onto a plate.
Burying the polenta under the bolognese!

This is really good. Really good. I ate it with a spoon. SP used a fork. I barely taste our scaled down red pepper flakes, which is good for me! I'm sure SP would like more spice, but he can sprinkle some on top his serving. I like the spinach in the polenta for extra veggie. Definitely a make again meal.

Recipe: Spicy Lamb Bolognese with Creamy Spinach Polenta

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