Frugal spaghetti bolognese
I’m always keen to save money where possible, and with the price of groceries going up and up I’m always looking for ways to cut down our shopping bill. I try to bulk up our meals with veg and pulses, and today I tired a new version of my bolognese recipe that cut right down on the beef but still fed our family of four comfortably.
I’m the kind of cook who adds pinches and handfuls, not carefully measured quantities. When often use recipes for inspiration rather than following them to the letter. I commented in reply to Jenny the other day that I find writing up recipes quite hard work. But I don’t think they need to be, on this blog. I’m not a food blog, I’m just talking to you a little bit about how I cook. So with that in mind, here’s my very casual interpretation of a recipe for frugal bolognese.
I usually buy a packet of mince from the supermarket, either 400 or 500g. I’d aim to have some left over from this, but often we just get a bit greedy and stuff in a second helping when we could have done without, so nothing is left over for the freezer anyway. Today I bought 340g of mince from the local butchers – less than £2.30.
- a small onion, finely chopped
- a large carrot, grated
- a medium courgette, grated
- 340g beef mince
- a tin of chopped tomatoes and a splash of water
- 1/4 cup of green lentils that had boiled for 10 minutes
- a little bit of dried rosemary and oregano
- worcestershire sauce
- a beef oxo cube
- pepper (no more salt for the babas – although we added more to ours at the table)
- a tiny pinch of chilli flakes