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Spaghetti Bolognese with Meatballs and Bacon, or Hamill Italiano

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Cooking time

Prep: 10 minutes Cook: 50 minutes Prep time assumes the use of tinned bolognese sauce and pre-made meatballs, if you make your own you will need to factor this into the prep time.

Skill level

More effort

Servings

Serves 4

A delicious mix of spag bol and spaghetti and meatballs, simple enough for even cooking novices (I know because I am one myself!)

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Ingredients

  • 500g beef mince
  • 750ml bolognese sauce
  • 4 rashers of bacon
  • 300-400g worth of meatballs
  • 1 Oxo cube
  • 1-2 tablespoons of worcestershire sauce
  • Assorted herbs and spices (cook's preference)
  • Grated cheese to garnish
  • 1/2 onion (optional, cook's preference)
  • 300-500g dry spaghetti (cook's preference)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas Mark 6) for the meatballs.

  2. While the oven heats up, slice the bacon into small pieces. Also, if you are using one, dice the onion.

  3. Place the meatballs on a baking tray and place in the oven. In order to save on washing up, you can cover the baking tray with tin foil to catch the fat the meatballs will produce.

  4. While the meatballs cook in the oven, brown the mince in a large saucepan with the chopped onion, and shallow fry the bacon with a small amount of oil.

  5. Once the mince has fully browned, the bacon cooked to satisfaction, and the meatballs are cooked through (check with a knife), strain off any excess fat from the mince and/or bacon and remove the meatballs from the oven.

  6. Add the bacon and meatballs to the mince and mix together.

  7. Place the spaghetti into a saucepan to cook and soften (pre-boiling the water in a kettle will speed up this process).

  8. While the spaghetti cooks, add the bolognese sauce to the mixture of meat and mix it all together.

  9. Add the worcestershire sauce, crushed OXO cube and your choice of herbs and spices to the mixture. I use garlic granules, an italian herbs mix, salt and pepper, but it is up to you if you want to add your own or use less.

  10. Heat the mixture on a low-medium heat and allow it to simmer for around 10 minutes or until the spaghetti is cooked 'al dente'.

  11. Strain the water from the spaghetti and then serve, if you want you can add grated cheese to the top.

  12. Extra: If you want to be a bit more adventurous, you can forgo the spaghetti and use the mixture as the filling for a calzone.

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