As I say in my book Survival Guide for the Skint, children are expensive! This puts extra pressure on finances during school holidays so I’ve been doing a series of great value, fully costed meals on my Survival Guide for the Skint blog. All of them cost less than £2 per person. Here’s one for you now – a firm favourite across the country – Spaghetti Bolognaise.
I’ll publish the rest here soon or follow the links:
This is my Italian grandmother’s recipe so you’re very privileged to see it. Well almost – she never bought mince but I doubt you’d want to spend time cutting best steak into tiny cubes. Kidney beans are an unconventional ingredient but she put them in and for me the sauce would be lacking without them.
Melt a big knob of butter 20p
and a good slug of olive oil in a very big pan 20p
Chop 2 x large onions and cook gently until transparent 40p
Add 3 crushed cloves of garlic 6p
Add 3lb mince and cook until no pink bits remain £11.50
Can add a few rashers of chopped bacon as well 25p
Add 3 x tins chopped tinned tomatoes £1.05
¾ tube tomato puree 35p
300g chopped mushrooms 85p
You may need a bit of water.
Season with salt and pepper
Desert spoon of dried oregano 10p
Desert spoon of dried parsley 10p
Simmer, stirring occasionally until it’s 3h since you started which allows the flavours to develop.
At the end, stir in 2 x drained and rinsed tins of kidney beans £1.10
Total £16.16 or 95p per portion (makes 17 portions.)
For 2 people, cook some pasta 25p
Top with grated parmesan cheese 25p
(For the best taste, buy a whole piece and grate it fresh. If any is left, freeze it to use straight from the freezer next time.)
Serve with salad and home-made dressing 52p
Total for the meal £1.46 per person.
You could also add some porcini, soaked in a bowl of boiled water before adding. That’s another £1 or 6p per serving. You can miss them out but they do add depth to the flavour – £1.52 per person with porcini.