This pasta recipie got me through college, and is still one of my top comfort foods, or for one of those nights when I really dont know what to cook. I can generally make this with what’s in my cupboards. It’s a bolognese-style sauce for pasta and is based on a family recipie. It freezes very well and can be served with a salad or some garlic bread or even just a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.
- 500g Beef or Pork and Beef Mince
- 1 large onion, diced
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 2 carrots, grated
- 1 carton of passatta plus a heaped teaspoon of tomato puree OR two tins of tomatoes (any kind) and a large heaped teaspoon amount of tomato purée and a teaspoon of sugar
- Beef Stock , I usually use an oxo cube dissolved in about a quarter cup of hot water
- 2 teaspoons of each dried basil and oregano
- Optional: diced mushrooms or grated courgettes
If you have a blender, blend the carrots, onion and garlic, this will save time with grating and chopping.
Put the meat into a large pot, turn the heat up high, but not so high it will burn, and while dividing up the “clusters” of meat with a wooden spoon, let the fats sweat off it. We drain this off in our house. The meat should then be browned after a few minutes, and then add in the chopped onions, garlic and carrots, put in the tomato mixture, the beef stock and the herbs, bring it to the boil and then cook it on low (lid on or off) for an hour and a half to two hours. Season to taste.
I made double this amount to freeze half of it, so I dont have a picture right now, but I will post one the next time :)