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The Perfect Spag Bol

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500g minced beef
1 onion, chopped into bits
big splodge of tomato purée (not vital, but worth getting)
1 tin tomatoes
1 Italian Oxo cube
drop of water
1 big fistful of spaghetti
1 chopped clove of garlic
drop of red wine (optional, but worth getting as you can drink it with the meal and it makes a big difference to the taste of the dish).


For 4
Vegan: No
Vegetarian: No (but you could use quorn)
Cooking level: Easy
Time to prepare: 25 mins


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Get a big saucepan 3/4 full of water and put it on the hob, lid on, full power, to boil. Then add a drop of olive oil into a frying pan, again full power on the hob.


Fry the chopped onion in the oil in the frying pan for about 2 minutes.


Add the minced beef, crumbling it up as you drop it in the pan. It needs to be very loose, no big chunks.


break up the meat

Using your spatula, break up any large bits of beef in the pan. Keep frying and turning the meat over until it's all brown.


add tomato

Add a big squirt of tomato pure and mix it into the beef


add tomatoes

Add your tin of tomatoes, mix, then crumble the Italian oxo cube over the mixture, mix again. Add a dash of boiling water. Give it a good stir.

Turn the heat down to half way, allowing the mixture to simmer (gently bubble) for a bit.



By now the water should be boiling good and proper. So, add a pinch of salt, then put your spaghetti in. Don't force it all in, after about 30 seconds it will start to go a bit softer, then you can push it all in. Give it a bit of a stir once it's all submerged. It will take about 10 minutes to cook.


spag bol

After 10 minutes, hook a bit of spaghetti out on your fork. Taste it. If it's soft and easy to chew, it's ready, if it's still hard, leave it a bit longer. Take a look at the meat, if it looks a bit dry, lower the heat and add a touch more water, give it a stir too. If the spaghetti's done, drain the spaghetti into a colander. Give it a shake. Put the spaghetti onto a plate and then spoon the meat on top. If you want to make it absolutely amazing, add some chopped sun dried tomatoes and top with grated parmesan just before you serve.

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