'First we eat, then we do everything else.'

This meal cost me 4-5 pounds as I had all other ingredients in cupboard and is relatively quick and easy to cook.


  • Preparation ca. 15 min
  • Cooking time 45 min
  • Serves 3-4
  • Total costs ca. £5


  • 1 large pot
  • 1 large saucepan


  • Half a kg of good mince from Butchers £4.
  • Dry Oregano 1-2 tablespoons
  • Dry Basil 1-2 tablespoons
  • 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 2-4 cloves of garlic
  • Tomato puree or if you don’t have use ketchup
  • Olive Oil
  • Half onion diced.
  • Sugar teaspoon
  • Splash of balsamic vinegar
  • Spaghetti
  • Parmesan


  1. First of all heat some olive oil on a saucepan.
  2. Then add the diced onions and fry them.
  3. Then add the mince and brown off the mince on a relatively high heat. (I just sort of chop it in the pan with the spatula.)
  4. If you have milk in the fridge add a tiny splash to the mince as it stops it helps it cook better.
  5. Once it is nice and brown drain the fat off the pan then add a tin of tomatoes and some tomato puree. 
  6. Stir in and then turn the heat down to a medium.  Then add herbs and garlic. 
  7. Add a splash of balsamic vinegar and a tea spoon of sugar.  This helps give the sauce nice flavour as tomatoes can be quite acidic.
  8. Keep stirring sauce and mince together and let simmer with a lid on. 
  9. Give about 30/45 mins to simmer and then boil some spaghetti for ten minutes. 
  10. Serve with some grated parmesan on top and also goes nice with garlic bread on the side.



The thing I like about cooking this is you can do it different each time if you like garlic you can add loads and loads of garlic.  If you like spicy you can add fresh chillis or powder.  Some people add carrots and mushrooms.  You can even add bacon or use pork mince as well as beef.  I like to get a decent steak mince preferably from butchers as I think it gives it more flavour.  You can also add beef stock if you like it more meaty. Or even add an extra tin of tomatoes if you want to make it more tomato flavoured and also go a longer way.

Tonight I did it pretty simple but was really tasty and plenty leftover for tomorrow.

Bon Appétit! :-)