Veggie & Mince Spaghetti Recipe List
500 g tub of organic beef mince
5 or 6 fresh red ripe tomatoes – diced
2 big brown onions – diced
2 zucchinis – grated
1 large carrot – grated
1/2 glass jar of tomato paste
packet of pasta
4 cloves of garlic
Celtic sea salt
cheap red cooking wine
1. Place all ingredients and utensils on your bench.
2. Dice up the onions, while you warm the fry pan.
3. Add olive oil to your hot pan and brown the onions.
4. While the onions brown, cut up the garlic and add them to the nearly browned onions.
5. Wash/scrub, then grate the carrot and zucchinis.
6. Once the onions are nicely browned, pull them out of the pan and place into a bowl.
7. Add the mince into the hot pan for browning along with some pepper, salt and a little more olive oil.
8. While the mince browns, wash/scrub the tomatoes and dice them into small cubes.
9. When the mince is browned, you can add back the onions and garlic.
10. This is when you add the tomato paste. You want to cook off the sickly sweet taste it has by stirring it into the mince and onions. Allow the tomato paste to cook until you notice a tasty aroma start to waft from the pan. It usually takes 3 minutes.
11. Next add the diced tomatoes and stir in enough water so that the sauce can simmer easily.
12. Splash a dash of cooking wine and a wee bit more olive oil too.
13. Leave to simmer for 20 minutes.
14. While the sauce is simmering, put a big saucepan full of water on to boil, placing it at the back of the stovetop.
15. Once the sauce has simmered for 20 minutes, place the pasta in the boiling water with a touch of oil. Watch this pasta carefully if it is not wheat, as it is likely to only take 10 minutes to cook.
16. While the pasta cooks; add the grated carrots, zucchini and the herbs to the sauce, stirring thoroughly. The fresh vegetables should only ever be added 10 minutes before serving.
17. Once the pasta is cooked, drain it in a colander and rinse with a quick splash of fresh water.
18. Give the children big bowls with 1 small scoop of pasta and then 1 very large scoop of the sauce. This ensures they get more nutrients and don’t fill up on refined pasta.
19. Sprinkle the top with Parmesan and serve.
Notes, Tips and Variations
Place leftover sauce in freezer for another meal.
Try different pasta’s like; buckwheat, rice and corn or spelt. We love them all. Cook carefully as it’s very easy to over cook these pastas. If you overcook, it’s just like glue!
Always place your pans on the stovetop with the handles pointed to the side. This helps prevent little children who may be dashing past or grasping from knocking or pulling a pan with boiling contents onto themselves.
The riper the tomato the better.
The mince won’t brown if it’s too moist and it will stick if it’s too dry 🙂
You can decide to simmer your sauce for more than 20minutes if you prefer. Just don’t add the fresh veggies till 10 minutes before serving.