Spag bol success

Threw together this spaghetti bolognese the other night to use up ingredients I already had in the cupboard/freezer. This was surprisingly tasty, I think probably because the mince was such good quality and not too lean.
Ingredients (gives 3 hearty portions) 
  • small packet cubed pancetta
  • 1 chopped onion (frozen ready diced for ease)
  • 3tsp garlic paste
  • 1 diced green pepper  (usually use red, but this worked well)
  • 1 courgette, diced
  • 400g Aberdeen Angus mince
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree (I used a fancy version which was a tomato/italian vegetable mix)
  • beef liquid stock cube (undissolved)
  • tinned tomatos
  • few splashes of worcestershire sauce
  • spaghetti to serve


  1. First fry off the pancetta in a big saucepan
  2. Add the onion and garlic, frying in the oil released from the pancetta until soft
  3. Add the pepper and courgette, stirring for 5 minutes
  4. Add the mince and fry until brown
  5. Add the tomato puree, beef stock cube, tinned tomatoes and worcestershire sauce
  6. Turn the heat down and bubble for about 30-40 minutes. Add a bit of water if the sauce starts to thicken too much.
  7. Serve on top of the cooked pasta

Pictures of food is one blogger tradition that I can get down with, it’s basically food porn. Food photography however requires effort and skill, so no pictures this time. But this is worth making, trust me.

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