• Iris Windsor

Oregano

Updated: Nov 26, 2018



At Dragonfly’s Early Learning, one of the herbs that we have growing really well in our garden is oregano. Oregano is a flowering plant belonging to the mint family. It is an aromatic culinary herb, used for the flavour of its leaves which are more flavourful dried than when they are fresh.


Oregano has many medicinal uses and it is recommended that the oil be added to your first aid kit. It can be used to treat infections, is great for digestion and is beneficial in boosting the immune system to mention but a few.

As a culinary herb, it is used in many Italian dishes and is often used in marinades for meat and chicken and is a flavourful ingredient in soups.


Below is our family recipe for Bolognaise Sauce. I don’t know many children who do not like pasta with a good Bolognaise sauce. This sauce recipe is great to freeze in small quantities so that it can be easily and quickly defrosted to put a fresh, homemade meal on the table quickly for your children.


Serve with some carrot and cucumber straws for added goodness or perhaps a little tossed salad.




Bolognaise Sauce Recipe


Ingredients:

  • 1 kg beef mince

  • 1 kg onions

  • 1 kg onions

  • 2 teaspoons (3 g) dried oregano

  • 80 g finely chopped garlic

  • 3 cans finely chopped Italian tomatoes

  • 250 g tomato paste

  • 250 g bacon

  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 1/4 cup fresh oregano finely chopped

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped flat leaf parsley

  • Spaghetti or pasta of your choice


Method:

  1. Cook onions and garlic in batches with bacon.

  2. Cook mince in batches.

  3. Place in a saucepan with onion, bacon and garlic.

  4. Add all remaining ingredients except fresh oregano and parsley.

  5. Bring to the boil and simmer for 1 to 1.5 hours.

  6. Fold in finely chopped fresh oregano and parsley.

  7. Cook pasta of choice.

  8. Toss required amount of sauce through pasta to serve.

  9. Garnish with fresh chopped herbs and parmesan cheese.

For a Quick Pasta Bake, toss what remains of this sauce...(it makes quite a lot) through some of your child's favourite cooked pasta, sprinkle with cheese and bake till browned on top