Saturday, 4 January 2014

All-in-one pasta bolognese

Anyone that lives on a farm will know what it means to get down to the last of the cattle beast in the freezer- it means mince. No matter how good you are at balancing the good cuts with the mince, sausages and stewing cuts, you always seem to end up with mince at the end. So over the years I have found ways of using these last bags up. This is one of our favourites, it is great for a night when you don't have a lot of time or motivation, also a good one if you are catering for men/shepherds/teenagers/unexpected visitors.

  • 1 Tblsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped/crushed
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 1 stick of celery, finely diced
  • handful of green beans finely diced
  • 500g beef mince
  • 1 can tomatoes
  • 1 can of tomato puree or pasta sauce
  • 2 cups chicken stock or water
  • 2-3 cups penne pasta
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh basil or parsley to garnish
  • Grated tasty or parmesan cheese (optional)
Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat, add oil, garlic, onion, carrot, celery and beans and cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until softened but not coloured. Add mince and cook for a further 5 to 7 minutes to lightly brown, break up the mince as it cooks.
Stir in tinned tomatoes, puree and stock or water, and bring to the boil.
Add pasta and simmer for 15 minutes, until pasta is cooked and sauce has thickened. You will have to stir it every few minutes so the pasta doesn't stick together.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with basil or parsley.
Add some grated cheese on top if you want to.

Easy, delicious and one bag closer to emptying the freezer!

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