What does bolognese mean to you? In our house it means hearty, it means packed full of good stuff and it means a great big pan full so that we can keep coming back to it through the week! I really believe that good ingredients make cooking easy, and using the pedigree grass fed Dexter Beef mince is a perfect example of this. It just has so much flavour, that this meal cannot fail!
(This serves 4 of us with enough to put into the fridge for at least one more meal for all 4!)
500g Dexter minced beef
3 cloves garlic
Glug rapeseed oil
8 cup mushrooms
Large jar passatta
1 Red & 1 yellow pepper
1 beef stock pot
1 tin mixed beans
Small bunch fresh basil
Spaghetti (for meal 1, then jacket potato for meal 2, then rice for meal 3 😂)
Salt & Pepper
How to make it tasty:
1. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, over a med-high heat, and then add the diced onion and fry until starting to soften. Add the minced garlic and mushrooms chopped into small pieces. Combine and cook until the mushroom has browned slightly and the onion is very soft. Add the diced peppers and continue to cook while stirring.
2. When the pepper has softened, add the minced beef. Break up with the spoon and stir until browned all over. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chopped courgette and stir in. Leave to cook for 1-2 minutes.
3. Put a pan of water with a pinch of salt onto boil. Add the beef stock pot to the meat and veggies, and a little water (only about 100ml), and stir to dissolve the stock pot. Add the jar of passata and the strained beans and when it’s all bubbling turn the heat down to a simmer. Leave for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the spaghetti into a pan of salted boiling water, bring back to the boil and turn down to a simmer. Next add to the bolognese the roughly torn basil leaves (leaving some back to garnish with). Season again with salt and pepper and leave to simmer for a further 5 minutes. Or until the spaghetti is done.
4. I don’t really need to explain how to dish it up and demolish it do I?!
Packed full of good stuff!
Makes enough to put some in the fridge for later in the week!