I use a variaton of this recipe depending on what we do and don't have in.
750ml passatta or 2 tins of plum tomatoes blended and sieved 4 cloves garlic crushed 2 onions finely chopped 2 carrots finely chopped 1 aubergine finely chopped 3 cups of chopped butternut squash 100g smoked back bacon chopped 3 red peppers finely chopped 12-14 cherry vine tomatoes or sundried tomatoes cut in half 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or oil from sundried tomatoes 4 tbsp butter 1/2 tbsp balsamic vinegar 2-3 tbsp brown sugar 1 teaspoon each of rosemary, oregano, parsley, basil, thyme, nutmeg and cinnamon 4 tbsp soy sauce 2 tbsp of worcs sauce 1/2 tsp coarse ground black pepper marigold swiss bouillon powder 100ml milk 100ml cream 500ml dry white wine knob of butter parmesan cheese extra mature cheddar
Sweat onion for 10 mins in olive oil and butter. Add the honey during the last 2 minutes and cook over a high heat, stirring, until dark brown. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add the carrots, courgettes, peppers, soy sauce and worcs sauce until golden. In a different pan pour in a good slug of wine to deglaze the pan. Add bacon and fry for a couple of mins. Add mince and fry until browned. Add stock and balsamic vinegar. Stir for a few mins. Add passata or blended toms, vine toms, veg from the other pan, herbs, nutmeg, brown sugar. Mix milk and cream together and add spoon by spoon whilst stirring. Stir and simmer for 15 mins. Add garlic. Stir and simmer for at least another 15 mins. If you have time simmer for another 2.5 hours. Season with black pepper, add knob of butter and cheese.
Does anyone add marmalade or chocolate? How much and when do you add it?
I have never used either to be honest. I normally use, Onion, Garlic, Peppers, Courgettes, Mince, Bacon, Tinned Tomatoes, (I had never heard of passata until a few months ago) Oxo Cube, Worcester Sauce, Oregano, Basil, Red Wine, Salt and Black Pepper. Mine is chunky, and I brown of Garlic and Onion and then add Mince and Bacon until Brown then I add the veg and toms, give it a stir and add herbs and seasoning, wine and crumble the Oxo cube in. Stir and simmer until cooked through.