Budget penne Bolognese
Skill level: Easy peasy
Costs: Cheap as chips
Make a budget penne Bolognese like our mummy blogger Anneliese, who says: 'A Bolognese is such a versatile dish and something we eat regularly. I often make double and store half in the freezer for another meal. Sometimes I'll add a can of kidney beans and a pinch of chilli to serve with rice, or top the Bolognese with mashed potato for a Shepherd's pie. You could add lentils and beans to include more texture and flavour too. Have fun experimenting!'
- 2tbsp oil
- 250g lean minced beef
- 2 onions, peeled and diced
- 4 carrots, peeled and diced
- 1 pepper, de-seeded and diced (optional)
- 1 can chopped tomatoes
- 150ml water
- 300g penne pasta
It's a good idea to add plenty of vegetables when making a Bolognese as it will help to bulk out the meal. Carrots are very cheap so I use quite a few, but use your family favourites.
- Put the oil and the onion in a pan and fry over a moderate to high heat for about three to four minutes. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
- Add the minced beef to the pan and continue to cook, on high, until the mince is brown all over.
- Next add the carrots and pepper and cook for a few more minutes.
- Stir in the chopped tomatoes and water, bring to the boil, and then reduce the heat, cover and simmer. Be sure to give it a stir every so often and check to see if it requires a drop more water. Cook for approximately 30 minutes.
- Meanwhile cook the pasta in a large pan of boiling water, according to the packet instructions.
- Once the pasta is cooked, take it off of the heat, drain it well and return to the pan.
- Now it's time to dish up your meal. Share the pasta between warmed plates and top with spoonfuls of bolognese. Sprinkle some grated cheese over the top, if liked.
Total = £2.50 for 4 people (approximately)
See how to make our classic spaghetti Bolognese recipe