Feed the Family – Spag Bol

As I say in Survival Guide for the Skint, children are expensive! This can put extra pressure on finances during school holidays.

I’m continuing my series of great value, fully costed meals with a firm favourite across the country – Spaghetti Bolognaise

This is my Italian grandmother’s recipe so you’re very privileged to see it. Well almost her recipe – she never bought mince but I doubt you’d want to spend time cutting best steak into tiny cubes. Kidney beans are an unconventional ingredient but she put them in and for me the sauce would be lacking without them.

Spaghetti Bolognaise

Melt a big knob of butter 20p

with a good slug of olive oil 20p

in a very big pan.

Chop 2 x large onions and cook gently until transparent 40p

Add 3 crushed cloves of garlic 6p

Add 3lb mince and cook until no pink bits remain £11.50

Can add a few rashers of chopped bacon as well 25p

Add 3 x tins chopped tinned tomatoes £1.05

¾ tube tomato puree 35p

300g chopped mushrooms 85p

You may need a bit of water.

Season with salt and pepper

Desert spoon of dried oregano 10p

Desert spoon of dried parsley 10p

Simmer, stirring occasionally until it’s 3hours since you started.  This allows the flavours to develop.

At the end, stir in 2 x drained and rinsed tins of kidney beans £1.10

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Total £16.16 or 95p per portion (makes 17 portions)

For 2 people, cook some pasta 25p

Top with grated parmesan cheese 25p

(For the best taste, buy a whole piece and grate it all into containers.  Freeze the rest to use straight from the freezer next time.)

Serve with salad 52p

Total for the meal £1.46 per person

You could also add some porcini, soaked in a bowl of boiled water before adding. That’s another £1 or 6p per serving.  They’re expensive so you can miss them out but they do add depth to the flavour – £1.52 per person with porcini.

 

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