Right lets get something straight I am NO Nigella Lawson, but when it comes to cooking on a budget I’m awesome! For £5.00 – ish (Depending on which supermarket you go to and what you already have) I can produce three different dishes with a total of TEN portions !!
This is what you will need
- 500g of lean steak mince (FRESH NOT FROZEN)
- 1 can of chopped tomato’s
- 1 large carrot
- 1 leek
- ½ a large onion or a whole small one
- 2 gloves of garlic
- Teaspoon of Tomato Puree
- ½ Beef stock Cube
- 2 slices of bread
- Mixed Herbs
- 1 Medium Sweet Potato
- 1 egg
To make the mince
Chop the leek, onion and Garlic into small pieces and add to a large hot pan (with a little olive oil) Cook for around 10 minutes until Tender.
Add about ¾ of the Mince to the pan and mix in, breaking up all the mince, keep mixing until all mince turns brown.
Add the tin of chopped tomato’s plus the tomato puree to the pan.
Cook for around 5 minutes.
Add the already prepared beef stock. Turn heat down, place lid onto the pan and simmer for about 10 minutes.
Keep checking until cooked, this should be around 30 minutes.
Cook the spaghetti and add the mince!
Add around half the cooked mince to the pasta and you should have around four small portions.
With the left over mince add about half a cup full of peas. Cook the medium sweet potato until soft and mash with a dollop of butter.
Using an oven proof dish add the mince then layer on the sweet potato and sprinkle the cheese over the potato. Cover in foil (to stop the sweet potato drying out) and add to an already preheated oven (180c) for about 10 mins, or until the cheese melts and goes slightly brown.
You should get about four small portions out of this.
Meatballs and Spaghetti
Using a blender, add two slices of bread and mix until the bread turns to crumbs. Add the left over onion – about ¼ , one glove of garlic and a pinch of mixed herbs to the crumbs and mix until all blended.
In a separate bowl, mix the egg until beaten. Add the crumbs and uncooked meat. Using you’re (CLEAN) hands mix everything together and create your little meatballs.
Pop into a preheated pan and cook for about 10 mins on a low heat turning every minute until golden. Try before you serve! If its pink it’s not ready!
Add spaghetti and serve with your favourite tomato sauce or just add a spoon full of chopped tomato.
You should get about three or four portions out of this depending on how many you try.
P.S If ingredients are bought fresh you can pop all of these in the freezer!