Spaghetti Bolognese, another family classic. We don’t have much money at the moment so I’m trying to keep costs down. My theory is as long as I don’t skimp on a few key tasty ingredients I can make a really cheap meal that tastes like it cost a lot more!
I’ve substituted half the mince with rehydrated soya mince which is a lot cheaper. You could of course use all beef mince, or all soya mince depending on your diet and budget, or mix with a different ratio to 50:50. My plan with mixing the types of mince was to fake the meatiness so my family didn’t notice the difference (and it worked).
I regularly use this cheat now, and it helps me make a packet of beef mince last for twice as many meals, whilst one bag of dried soya mince (about £2) lasts a few weeks. You really can’t tell the difference as a few chunky meaty bits make it seem as if the whole dish has the texture.
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 50g of dried soya mince rehydrated with 150mls of water
- 200g of beef mince
- 1 medium onion
- 1 beef stock cube
- Italian herbs to flavour
- Finely chop the onion and brown the onion and beef mince in a sauce pan.
- Make up the beef stock as per instructions. Add the beef stock and soya mince to the pan. Cook for 5-10 minutes allowing the water to reduce and the soya mince to absorbed the flavours from the stock and the beef mince.
- Add a generous helping of Italian herbs to flavour.
- Add the chopped tomatoes and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
- Serve with Spaghetti and a sprinkle of grated cheese.