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QUICK HELP NEEDED - how do I change spag bol from ordinary to delicious?!

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DANCESwithDumbledore Tue 28-Aug-07 18:40:15

Am just gently frying onions and garlic now!

cornsilk Tue 28-Aug-07 18:40:45

I always add wine and some bouillon stock.

DANCESwithDumbledore Tue 28-Aug-07 18:41:11

oh yes, wine is good. Don't have bouillon.

DANCESwithDumbledore Tue 28-Aug-07 18:41:31

Bayleaf or mixed herbs?

marthamoo Tue 28-Aug-07 18:42:01

Ainsley Harriot's recipe for shepherd's pie includes a good dash of soy sauce and likewise of brown sauce - and it does liven it up. Can't see why it wouldn't work with spag bol too.

Spagblog Tue 28-Aug-07 18:42:55

worcestershire sauce, dash of red wine and a secret squirt of ketchup

filthymindedvixen Tue 28-Aug-07 18:43:26

don't scoff but a chunk of very good plain choclate really adds gorgeous richness. As does a splash of red wine.

DANCESwithDumbledore Tue 28-Aug-07 18:43:38

Ok, am putting in worcestershire, bit of wine and squirt of ketchup, now do I go with herbs or not?!

eleanorsmum Tue 28-Aug-07 18:44:18

marmite teaspoon of stirred in lovely!!!!!!!!!!11

greenday Tue 28-Aug-07 18:45:43

Dash of tabasco sauce. Always does the trick for me.

DANCESwithDumbledore Tue 28-Aug-07 18:46:06

This is a MARMITE FREE ZONE, I repeat a MARMITE FREE ZONE

stand back soldier...

<switches on tannoy> this is a MFZ, MFZ.

UCM Tue 28-Aug-07 18:46:54

definitely herbs as well, basil & thyme though instead of oregano, which I think is really strong tasting.

filthymindedvixen Tue 28-Aug-07 18:47:29

dark choc i tell you!

BecauseImWorthIt Tue 28-Aug-07 18:48:26

Always herbs! Definitely oregano, basil if you have it - otherwise mixed herbs good.

If you haven't got chocolate, add a half teasooon of sugar. It makes it taste really deep, but not sweet.

And the best thing is to cook it for as long as you can.

And I hope you've got freshly grated parmesan?!

UCM Tue 28-Aug-07 18:48:43

Actually FMV, I can imagine that would really add substance to spag bol. Will try next time.

flowerybeanbag Tue 28-Aug-07 18:48:47

I put in basil, mixed herbs and oregano, and bit of worcestershire as well. Also do both tinned tomatoes and a good dollop of tomato puree.

Spagblog Tue 28-Aug-07 18:48:49

oregano and basil

DANCESwithDumbledore Tue 28-Aug-07 18:49:12

FMV - are you thinking you are on the biscuit thread too?! Herbs I have are thyme, oregano or mixed or bayleaf, that's it.

flowerybeanbag Tue 28-Aug-07 18:49:23

<<intrigued by dark choc, adds to shopping list>>

filthymindedvixen Tue 28-Aug-07 18:49:56

erm no...but you can possibly tell chocolate plays a significant role in my life hmm

DANCESwithDumbledore Tue 28-Aug-07 18:50:10

Parmesan also known as dessicated sick in this house...sorry! Dh and I don't like it smile

filthymindedvixen Tue 28-Aug-07 18:50:38

and dark choc is the key to a fabulous chilli as well!

BecauseImWorthIt Tue 28-Aug-07 18:51:05

Well it is dessicated sick if you buy it dry - but if you buy it fresh it doesn't have that horrible smell at all!

DANCESwithDumbledore Tue 28-Aug-07 18:52:47

RIGHT 'tis done. Simmering away. Added everything suggested except choc, bouillon and marmite as don't have any of those. Thanks very much. Dh says he will dispense verdict later as it is for his tea! smile

SofiaAmes Tue 28-Aug-07 18:53:50

Ok...I'm italian and all those marmite (actually i like the stuff, but not on my spaghetti) suggestions are just nuts...

Anyway, secret is really in the beginning...gently fry finely chopped carrots and celery with your finely chopped onions and whole garlics AND FRESH ROSEMARY AND THYME in extra virgin olive oil to make the base for your sauce. Wine, or dry vermouth is good. A bay leaf (don't chop) is good and sometimes a clove is added. And sometimes a touch of chili pepper. Don't overdo the oregano...common non-italian mistake to make.

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