Our Bolognese can use beef or lamb mince and is a great blend of protein and carbohydrate which isn't hard on the wallet either. We've added inexpensive, storecupboard ingredients such as ketchup and tobasco for an extra kick without extra expense.
Time to prepare:
225g/8oz lean beef or lamb mince
175g/6oz dried pasta shapes
5ml/1tsp sunflower oil
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
1 x 200g can baked beans
150ml/¼pint good, hot beef stock
Dash Tabasco or sweet chilli sauce
45ml/3tbsp tomato ketchup
Salt and freshly milled black pepper
25g/1oz Cheddar or mozzarella cheese, grated
Cook the pasta according to the packet instructions, drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large non-stick pan and brown the mince and onion for 5 minutes. Add the beans, stock, Tabasco or chilli sauce, ketchup and seasoning.
Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for a further 20 minutes. Stir in the cooked pasta.
Transfer to two heatproof dishes, sprinkle over the cheese and serve immediately, or alternatively, pop under a preheated grill and heat until the cheese melts.
Serve with garlic or ciabatta bread and a crisp salad.