Bolognaise or meat sauce is a winner as it’s really easy to make and you can do so many different things with it. It’s also a bonus that mince is one of the cheapest cuts of meat, so you won’t be spending a fortune on your meals.
This amount will serve about 4 people, but you can also double it up and use some immediately, then freeze the rest for later, saving you valuable cooking time.
You’ll probably need about 15 – 20 minutes to prepare the ingredients and brown the mince. Then while it’s cooking, you can go off and do something else, as long as you remember to keep an eye on it and stir it every now and then.
You can serve bolognaise sauce with rice, mashed potato or pasta (add some cheese), over a baked potato, on a sandwich or toast (try adding chutney), or put your mash potato on top of the mince, sprinkle some breadcrumbs over and grill it for a couple of minutes to create cottage pie.
- 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
- 2T oil
- 500g mince
- 1 tin of tomatoes
- 1 small packet/tin of tomato paste
- 1t herbs like rosemary or thyme, preferably fresh but you can use dried
- 1 Knorr beef stockpot or the equivalent of other stock
- 1t sugar
- 1/3c wine (red or white) or a couple of teaspoons of vinegar
In a medium-sized pot, heat the oil, then add the garlic and onion. Cook on low heat until the onion starts looking a bit transparent, about 5 mins. Now add the mince and stir it around to break up any large chunks. Turn up the heat to medium and cook the mince, stirring often until it’s all browned. Now you can add everything else to the pot.
Leave to cook (it should be bubbling slightly but not too much), stirring every now and again for about 45 mins or until it reaches the consistency you like. If it dries out too much before 45 mins, add a bit of water.