Budget bolognaise


1 onion

1 x 5ml spoon oil

225g lean beef or lamb mince

150ml water

1 stock beef cube

1 can (200g approx.) baked beans

Dash Tabasco or sweet chilli sauce

3 x 15ml spoon tomato ketchup

Black pepper

175g dried pasta shapes


Chopping board, knife, measuring spoons, large non-stick frying pan and lid, mixing spoon, weighing scales, kettle, measuring jug, can opener, large saucepan, colander.


  1. Peel and finely chop the onion.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and brown the mince and onion for 5 minutes.
  3. Make up the stock.
  4. Add the beans, stock, Tabasco or chilli sauce, ketchup and seasoning and mix all the ingredients together.
  5. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for a further 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile place the pasta shapes in a separate saucepan of boiling water. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until the pasta is al dente.
  7. Drain the boiling water away from the pasta shapes into a colander in the sink.
  8. Stir the cooked pasta into the bolognese sauce.

Top tips:

  • Grated Cheddar or mozzarella cheese could be sprinkled over the dish and served or placed under a preheated grill and heat until the cheese melts.
  • Serve with garlic or ciabatta bread and a crisp salad.


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