Bim’s Kitchen are known for adding exciting ingredients to their African inspired sauces and condiments. In my latest collaboration with Bim’s Kitchen to develop recipes for their website, I concocted this pasta dish with their delicious African Tomato & Tigernut Relish.
I tried tigernuts at one of Bim’s Kitchen demonstrations and I was surprised at their sweet taste and chewy texture. In fact, tigernuts aren’t nuts but tubers of the yellow nutsedge, a grass-like plant. They’re healthy too… high in iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamins C and E.
The African Tomato & Tigernut Relish contains crunchy tigernuts, tomatoes, spices, Anglesey sea salt and chilli for a bit of a kick (it’s labelled “medium chilli heat”). The relish went well with my bolognese-type sauce and enhanced the flavours of the meat.
I started with a mirepoix / soffritto as the foundation for the sauce. This mixture of chopped carrots, onions and celery brought out all of the flavours.
I then fried the beef mince in the flavourful mixture, added tomato sauce and the pièce de résistance… Bim’s Kitchen African Tomato & Tigernut Relish. I used the whole jar as I wanted the chilli heat and tigernut sweetness to shine through but the amount can be adjusted to personal taste.
Penne rigate are a good pasta shape as the ridges really hold the sauce and lock in flavour. They pair well with chunky sauces like this one.
If you want to add exciting flavours and textures to your meat sauce, you can get my full, step-by-step recipe for “Penne with Tomato & Tigernut Meat Sauce” on Bim’s Kitchen website here.
I’ll be posting more recipes featuring Bim’s Kitchen delicious sauces and condiments over the coming months, so stay tuned!
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