Quick Umami Bolognese
Preheat oil on medium heat. Add minced beef and cook for 4-5 minutes, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned and no pink meat remains. Add bacon and cook for another few minutes . Drain excess fat if desired using a sieve or a colander.
Meanwhile peel and finely chop the onion and garlic and stir them into the meat. Peel and finely chop the carrot and celery and stir them in, too. Cook for five minutes over a moderate heat, stirring frequently.
Mix in the tomatoes, Kikkoman soy sauce and cream. Cook for five minutes, until slightly reduced. Taste for seasoning and season with salt and pepper if desired.
Bring water to boil in a large pan, season with salt generously and cook the spaghetti al dente according to the packaging instructions. Drain the spaghetti, saving 100 ml of cooking water. Mix spaghetti, reserved water and the sauce in a large pan. Stir together over a medium heat for one minute. Divide spaghetti between four plates and top with fresh basil. Serve immediately.
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