Summer Bolognese

One-Bowl Cooking Made Even Easier

by Gennefer Gross

According to a report published in the Harvard Business Review, only 10% of Americans love to cook, an astonishing 45% hate it, and 45% are lukewarm. Where do you fall in the breakdown? If you consider yourself part of the 90% who says “no thanks” to cooking at home, research suggests that the outrageous standards set by Food TV might have you feeling less than confident in your cooking skills, and that your busy schedule may have you reaching for a prepared meal versus making a nutritious dinner on your own. Sound about right? Though we’re no scientists, our hypothesis is that one-bowl cooking might help change your mind and turn the numbers around. 

 

The Magic Of A Single Bowl

One-bowl cooking is the art of preparing every step of a recipe using just a single bowl – without losing the complexity and flavor of a multi-course meal. IN HALF THE TIME. Yas!

The Thermomix® takes the ease of one-bowl cooking a step further. No stove top, hand mixer, or wooden spoon needed. How you ask? A team of German engineers had time-stressed multitaskers in mind when they designed the intelligent heating element that’s integrated into the base of the Mixing Bowl. With its smart sensor and precise user controls, you can warm, heat, cook, or sauté all in one bowl.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: ugh, can’t I do that with a pot and a burner? Not quite. Here’s why: the Mixing Bowl blade continuously rotates, evenly distributing the heat and allowing for constant stirring of ingredients. So while you’re off setting the table (or washing off that Sunday night face mask) you can breathe easy knowing that your garlic isn’t burning and you’ll have a flawless dinner on the table in no time. 

Even better, you’ll impress your dinner guests with how delicious a meal made a singular bowl can be. With Thermomix®, you are not limited to boring one-pot soups or casseroles. In fact, the one-bowl possibilities are endless. Think: flavorful Cashew Chicken Stir Fry, hearty Vegetarian Chili, and decadent Spaghetti Carbonara. Just pop in the bowl, select your recipe from the Cookidoo® recipe library, and let the touch screen guide you through every step with the precision of having Rachael Ray or Martha Stewart in your kitchen. It’s like having your own personal sous chef (yes, Martha is now your sous chef) overseeing the entire process with built-in sensors that automatically control the state of the cooked food, and react accordingly, ensuring expertly produced restaurant-quality meals worthy of a Michelin star. So get ready to weigh, blend, stir, whip, chop, and boil without breaking a sweat. Your handy supercomputer companion will do all the work, but you’ll get all the credit!

 

Try It At Home: Summer Bolognese Bowl

Summer Bolognese

We can talk for hours about how easy one-bowl cooking is for the busy and uninspired, but this recipe for Summer Bolognese might help convince you. In under an hour, a vibrant bowl of spaghetti awaits you, combining ribbons of pasta with ground beef, leeks, cherry tomatoes, zucchini, Kalamata olives and fresh basil. Tossed with a light white wine sauce, this colorful bolognese brings bright flavors of the Mediterranean to your taste buds. The result is a dish that’s both hearty and healthy—and supremely satisfying. Enjoy it al fresco with a jammy rosé or mint tea, and don’t worry about the dishes. Thanks to your new, trusted technique—one-bowl cooking—there’s only one! 

Ingredients:

  • 40 oz water
  • 1 tsp salt (divided)
  • 12 oz spaghetti
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 oz leaks (white part only, in 1 inch pieces)
  • 2 garlic gloves
  • 12 oz of ground beef (crumbled)
  • 7 oz zucchini (in half-moons, 1/2 inch)
  • 2 oz dry white wine
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 16 oz heirloom cherry tomatoes (halved)
  • 3 oz pitted Kalamata olives (optional, halved to taste)
  • Parmesan cheese (shaved)
  • fresh basil leaves (to garnish)

 

Preparation: 

Place water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt into the Thermomix® mixing bowl, and boil for 10 minutes at 212°F, speed 1.

Next, add pasta and set the time indicated on the package, set the temperature setting to 212°F degrees, hit the reverse button, and set the speed to stir. Insert the spatula through the hole in the Mixing Bowl lid and let cook.

After you’ve dried the Mixing Bowl, place the leeks, garlic, and one tablespoon of oil into it. Chop for three seconds at speed 5. Scrape down the sides of the Mixing Bowl. Then sauté the ingredients for three minutes at 250°F, hit the reverse button, and set the speed to 0.5

From there, add the ground beef, zucchini, wine, tomato paste and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook for six minutes at 250°F, hit the reverse button, and set the speed to stir.

Lastly, add the tomatoes and olives, and cook for two minutes at 250°F, hit the reverse button, and set the speed to stir. Transfer them to the bowl, along with the pasta, and toss to combine. Garnish with shaved Parmesan and basil, and serve immediately. Now enjoy this beautiful meal that was cooked in just one bowl.

The possibilities are endless for planning full-flavored food in a flash with the aid of smart kitchen tools. See what creative ideas you can cook up, and Thermomix® will do the rest. Life can be complicated. Dinner doesn’t have to be.

Want to learn how you can use the Thermomix® to cook an entire meal in one bowl? Book a Thermomix® Cooking Experience today!