What to Cook with Mince – The Classics
1. Simple Spaghetti Bolognese
We couldn’t start a list of classic and easy meals with mince, without this Italian masterpiece. Of course, it’s simple to reach for a jar of ready-made Bolognese sauce, but your family or other dinner time company will be far more impressed if you follow this traditional Spaghetti Bolognese recipe – and it really isn’t that much harder than opening a jar!
To serve four, you’ll need a 400g tray of minced beef. Add to a saucepan or wok over medium heat in a little olive oil. Pay close attention to the mince. As soon as it has turned brown, remove from the heat and set aside in a bowl. In the now empty pan or wok, add in a single diced onion, and fry gently for five minutes until softened. Add two chopped garlic cloves, and 100g of grated carrot (yes – carrot, we’re going full traditional!) and stir together, before adding your browned mince back to the pan.
Now to give it that traditional Bolognese sauce consistency and colour – add in two 400g tins of chopped tomatoes, stir the mixture together and leave to simmer for around 15 minutes until thickened. While simmering, boil 400g of dried spaghetti as per the instructions on the packet (likely to be around four minutes to soften) and once ready, add to your Bolognese (this is why a wok is ideal to give you that extra mixing space!). Mix together and serve with a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
It’s the simplest of beef mince recipe ideas that tastes as good as mama used to make!