Batch-it-up Bolognese

The secret to a seriously good Bolognese is to make a big batch and cook it low and slow. This one contains lentils and veg, and is super-quick to pull together, with the hob doing all the hard work. Portions can be popped in the freezer for midweek meals. 

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 150 minutes

Servings: 12 people

Preparation

1. Finely slice the bacon and pick and finely chop the rosemary, then place in a large pan with 1 tbsp oil over a medium heat.

2. Peel and finely chop the garlic, onions and carrots, then finely slice the mushrooms, adding them to the pan as you go (or finely chop everything together in a food processor). Cook for 15 mins, or until softened, stirring regularly.

3. Add the beef and pork mince, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon, then stir in the lentils. Season with black pepper and cook for a further 15 mins.

4. Scrunch in the tomatoes, along with 4 tins' worth of water. Bring to the boil, then simmer on a low heat for 2 hrs, or until thickened and reduced.

5. Taste and season to perfection with sea salt and black pepper, then serve straight away, or leave to cool, batch up and freeze for another day.

Ingredients

Ingredients

Preparation

1. Finely slice the bacon and pick and finely chop the rosemary, then place in a large pan with 1 tbsp oil over a medium heat.

2. Peel and finely chop the garlic, onions and carrots, then finely slice the mushrooms, adding them to the pan as you go (or finely chop everything together in a food processor). Cook for 15 mins, or until softened, stirring regularly.

3. Add the beef and pork mince, breaking it up with the back of a wooden spoon, then stir in the lentils. Season with black pepper and cook for a further 15 mins.

4. Scrunch in the tomatoes, along with 4 tins' worth of water. Bring to the boil, then simmer on a low heat for 2 hrs, or until thickened and reduced.

5. Taste and season to perfection with sea salt and black pepper, then serve straight away, or leave to cool, batch up and freeze for another day.