Budget Bolognese

This budget Bolognese is a classic meaty pasta dish, updated for penny-pinching times. 

We've stripped back everything that doesn't need to be in this sauce and ramped up the fresh vegetables - doubling the usual quantities of carrots, celery and onion. This brings a lovely varied texture to the dish. If you're cooking for kids, this dish will feed six. If you're stoking up hungry teenagers, this is a four-person dinner. For picky kids you can cook the veggies and tomatoes separately to the meat, then blend the veg to make a smooth sauce, which you can then add the cooked mince into. Adapt this recipe depending on what you have to hand. Add in chillies, dried herbs, lentils or beans. 

If you have potatoes that need using up, skip them pasta. Mash the potatoes and use them as a topping to make this into a cottage pie.

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Method

  • Put the oil and the onion in a pan and fry over a moderate to high heat for about three to four minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
  • Add the minced beef to the pan and continue to cook, on high, until the mince is brown all over.
  • Next add the carrots and pepper and cook for a few more minutes.
  • Stir in the chopped tomatoes and water, bring to the boil, and then reduce the heat, cover and simmer. Be sure to give it a stir every so often and check to see if it requires a drop more water. Cook for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water, according to the packet instructions.
  • Once the pasta is cooked, take it off of the heat, drain it well and return to the pan.
  • Now it's time to dish up your meal. Share the pasta between warmed plates and top with spoonfuls of bolognese. Sprinkle some grated cheese over the top, if liked.
  • Source: https://www.goodto.com/recipes/penne-bolognese


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