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Simple bolognese

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Serves 4

A no-nonsense but flavoursome sauce that's worth waiting for

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  • 2 rashers smoked bacon, cut into 1cm strips
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 500g lean steak mince
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • 100g tomato puree
  • 500ml beef stock
  • 1 glass red wine
  • a dash of Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Italian herb seasoning and black pepper to taste


    1. Fry the bacon in the oil until the fat starts to be released, then add the onion and stir until the onion starts to become translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes, then add the mince and cook until the mince is browned.
    2. Add the other ingredients to the pan then reduce the hob to a low-medium heat, and simmer for about an hour until the sauce has reduced to a rich, thick consistency, stirring from time to time to ensure it doesn't stick to the pan. If you're pushed for time you can just add a crumbled beef stock cube rather than liquid stock.
    3. Season to taste and serve.

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