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How long does spag bol take to cook?

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JennyPenny22 Sat 30-May-09 18:28:14

I usually do it in the slow cooker so don't time it but want to do it on the hob tonight and not sure how long it takes?

nkf Sat 30-May-09 18:29:16

The traditional recipe takes ages. Several hours. Around three I think. I can never be bothered with that and would probably give it about an hour.

MaureenMLove Sat 30-May-09 18:29:50

20mins? I'd do the meat bit until it's bubbling, then put the spag on. By the time the spag is cooked, the meat will be done too.

MaureenMLove Sat 30-May-09 18:30:27

Gosh! An hour? shock Surely minced beef doesn't take that long?

millenniumfalcon Sat 30-May-09 18:30:53

i do it for at least 2 hours, pref 3 or 4, longer is definitely better.

endless Sat 30-May-09 18:30:55

20 mins.
i cheat and use a jar of sauce though.

millenniumfalcon Sat 30-May-09 18:31:35

it goes melt in the mouth soft if you cook it for ages.

Twims Sat 30-May-09 18:32:11

Jol ministry of food's takes about 2.5 hours.

Curiousmama Sat 30-May-09 18:33:03

When in Majorca recently I put the spaghetti in with the sauce although added a little more liquid. I then cooked it for around 30 mins after the mince had cooked. It was delicious, all the spaghetti soaked up the juices. Dp had suggested it as he'd seen a tv chef do it. Doubt I'll do it any other way now?

MaureenMLove Sat 30-May-09 18:33:37

Jamies proper bol sauce is wonderful, but for bog standard minced beef surely it would turn to mush in the pan if you cooked it for more than half an hour?

nkf Sat 30-May-09 18:34:24

It's not about the mince being cooked. I imagine mince cooks quite quickly. It's about the mixture becoming sauce like. It should be slippery and coat the pasta.

MaureenMLove Sat 30-May-09 18:34:38

That's interesting CuriousMama, I might try that next time.

Curiousmama Sat 30-May-09 18:35:13

No it doesn't MML you do it really really slow on a low setting. I rarely do it like this now though but it is lovely.

bellavita Sat 30-May-09 18:35:50

I cook mine for no less than 2.5 hours preferrably longer. But then I have got italian blood in me....

My mother would be mortified at 30 mins grin

MaureenMLove Sat 30-May-09 18:36:25

I will try much longer in future, if the general concensus is its better. I make it the way my mum always made it and tbh, she's a rubbish cook! I had been married to DH for many years, before he persuaded me to eat roast beef because she used to cook it until it was white!

JennyPenny22 Sat 30-May-09 18:36:47

Maybe I will do spag bol tomorrow! I can't wait 3 hours!! LOL.

Littledawley Sat 30-May-09 18:38:28

Mine is cooked for at least 2 hours. It includes a whole bottle of red wine and always use pork mince.

nkf Sat 30-May-09 18:40:37

Pork mince? As well as or instead of beef?

bellavita Sat 30-May-09 18:44:45

Traditionally, I think it is both pork and beef.

I also second using wine (and milk) in the ragu.

Let it bubble away on the tiniest of heats and it will be rich and gorgeous.

stillenacht Sat 30-May-09 18:45:25

20 mins smile

Hassled Sat 30-May-09 18:45:57

I let mine cook for hours and hours - at least 3. It is so much richer and nicer.

nkf Sat 30-May-09 18:48:09

It's probably one of those recipes where people dispute the exact ingredients. I've heard of chicken liver being used. But I'm sure it's supposed to take ages. The thing is I rather like the English way of serving spag bol. Circle of pasta, smaller circle of sauce, even smaller circle of Parmesan. Naff I know. Perhaps there are two dishes - spag bol and ragu with tagliatella.

oxocube Sat 30-May-09 18:50:35

I do both pork and beef mince nkf. Some people include chicken livers but I rarely do, although I do cook it for a long time - about 90 mins to 2 hours. Lots of wine, herbs, black pepper

MaureenMLove Sat 30-May-09 19:01:13

This is with ordinary bog standard minced beef or pork, right?

bellavita Sat 30-May-09 19:07:46

Well, I don't buy the cheapest mince, it costs about £2.99 or sometimes 2 for a £5 - 500g.

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