Including a bolognese sauce recipe
Spaghetti Bolognese is a huge hit in my house, mainly because the kids think they aren’t eating any veg and because I actually stick as much vegetables in as I can! It’s so easy to hide, and by using frozen vegetables, this recipe is actually really cheap.
This easy Quorn bolognese recipe comes in at under £1 a head and is great if you are vegetarian or if you are trying to cut down on how much meat you buy.
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Easy Quorn Spaghetti Bolognese
It’s really simple too and can be done with Quorn mince. You can cook this in the slow cooker as well. I also grate ALL the vegetables. Nothing is left to chance in this house, but cutting things small would work well too if your kids aren’t as picky as mine.
This serves four of us, two adults and two kids, but could be bulked up by either doubling it or adding more vegetables and an extra can of chopped tomatoes. It also freezes really well, so if you make too much, don’t worry, just bung it in the freezer for a day you can’t be bothered to cook!
1 onion chopped 22p
1 tbsp tomato puree 9.5p
2 tins chopped tomato 58p
1 tbsp caster sugar or to taste 4p
1 celery stick chopped 10p
Quorn Mince Frozen £1.79
1 carrot chopped 7p
2 cloves garlic chopped 4p
1 tsp oregano 2p
2 large mushrooms chopped 75p
1 vegetable stock cubes 6p
1 hand full Parmesan for sprinkling 20p
The original recipe said 250ml red wine, but I don’t use it because of the kids, but it does add an extra nice tang to the dish.
Quorn spaghetti Bolognese Method
Add the finely chopped vegetables to the slow cooker if you are using it. If not, hold off putting them in right now.
Cook the mince, then add it to the slow cooker if using, breaking it up as you add it and crumble the stock cube over the veg.
Add the wine if using, tomato puree, oregano, tomatoes, and add the vegetables to the pan here.
Cover and cook for about 6.5 to 7 hours if using the slow cooker. In a pan, leave to simmer for 10 minutes.
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Season well and add the sugar to taste
Serve with spaghetti which should be cooked as per pack instructions, sprinkled with a hard cheese to taste, and a fresh green salad on the side.
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