This is The Boy’s absolute favourite, Saturdays are our tired day, we get all our housework and homework done, then curl up with a DVD, before going out somewhere on Sundays, this strikes me as a little backwards, but it’s the routine we’ve fallen into. So it’s a nice day for us to have one of our favourites. There tends to be baking on Saturdays too.
Now you’ll come to notice, my recipes are a little haphazard, I use slightly different ingredients every time I make them, and rarely measure anything, this makes me a very bad baker, and probably not the best recipe writer, so I do apologise if they’re all a little hard to follow. I’m also very much a family favourites cook. Anything a bit fancy is more Hunky Husbands domain. We don’t really cook healthy meals either, we have a healthy lifestyle, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with a good hearty meal, as long as you’re not stuffing your face all the time…I say sat with a pack of chocolate hobnobs.
- 500g Beef mince
- 1 Onion
- Mushrooms (I love mushrooms, so I’ll put as many as I can in, but whatever you like)
- 1 red pepper
- 1 yellow pepper (you can use any, but yellow is my favourite and I don’t like green)
- 1 clove of garlic
- 2 tins of chopped tomatoes
- Mixed herbs
- Tomato puree
- Spaghetti (about 75g per person)
- Parmesan (if you want it, I do, the kids don’t)
- Cooking oil
- Salt and pepper
Now with all those peppers and things, this is quite big, and would probably serve 6, this is why I use 2 tins of tomatoes, you could do it with less (or no) mushrooms and half the peppers and only need 1. I like to cook big and freeze half for a night I’m too lazy to cook.
Put a pan of water on to boil, add a tsp of oil, and a pinch of salt. While that’s heating up, chop all the veg, and crush the garlic. The Boy doesn’t think he likes onions (but eats them all the time) so I slice them really thinly. Put a bit of oil (I use fry light spray olive oil) in the frying pan and cook the onions, garlic and peppers for a few minutes until they have softened slightly, then add the mince and cook until browned.
At some point about now add the spaghetti to the boiling water and cook to the instructions on the pack (normally around 13 minutes).
Add the mushrooms and chopped tomatoes, a tbsp. of tomato puree, a good shake of mixed herbs and Hendersons and salt and pepper to taste (I don’t generally add salt, but most people like it). Leave to simmer, giving it the occasional stir, for at least 10 minutes, or until the pasta is cooked. If you want to thicken it slightly add a few gravy granules, just make sure it’s a little bit at a time, and give it time to thicken before you add more.
Serve and grate as much parmesan as you like on the top.
Really nice with a slice (or 4) of garlic bread.