- Lean (200g) Minced Beef
- 2 Small Sized (120g) Onions
- 2 (6g) Garlic Cloves
- 2 Tins (800g) Chopped Tomatoes
- 2 Teaspoons (2g) Mixed Herbs
- 1 (160g) Red Pepper
- 5 Large Sized (100g) Mushrooms
- 1 Medium Sized (80g) Carrot
- (300g) Spaghetti
- 1 Tablespoons (10g) Vegetable Oil
- 1 Pinch Ground Black Pepper
Always check the label of each ingredient for allergy warnings.
- Peel and chop the onions, slice the mushrooms and the red pepper. Finely chop or crush garlic.
- Heat the oil in a pan then slowly brown the onion over a gentle heat.
- Add the mince, stirring to stop it from sticking.
- Add the remaining ingredients, apart from the spaghetti, bring the sauce to the boil, cover and then lower the heat and simmer gently for 15- 20 minutes, giving it a stir now and again.
- While that’s cooking bring a large pan of water to the boil, add the spaghetti and follow the instructions on the packet for cooking.
- Add pepper to sauce to taste. Drain the spaghetti and serve with sauce.
- Serve with crusty bread and a side salad.
Time Saver Tips
Why not try making the sauce in bulk? That way, it’s all ready to enjoy for a quick lunch, or easy to freeze for another time.
Cost Saver Tips
Keep your eyes peeled for great offers on mince – it doesn’t have to be beef, any minced meat is tasty. You could also try veggie mince. Don’t forget, you can save leftover spaghetti by mixing it with a little oil, covering it, and popping it in the fridge for up to a day.
Tips for Kids
Why not try wholemeal spaghetti to give your wee one a fibre boost? If you do, bear in mind it may take 2-4 minutes longer to cook. Remember to chop vegetables into bite-size pieces for little mouths. You could even add other veggies like celery or courgette to help towards their five a day.
Based on a single serving of 470g
Nutrition labels on the front of packaging
- Most of the big supermarkets and many food manufacturers display nutritional information on the front of pre-packed food.
- Front of pack nutrition labels provide information on the number of grams of fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt and the amount of energy (in kJ and kcal) in a serving or portion of a recipe.
- The labels also include information about reference intakes (expressed as a percentage) which are guidelines about the approximate amount of particular nutrients and energy required for a healthy diet.
- The colour coding tells you at a glance if the food has high (red), medium (amber) or low (green) amounts of fat, saturated fat, sugars and salt.
- The more greens on the label, the healthier the choice
- Amber means neither high nor low, so you can eat foods with all or mostly ambers on the label most of the time.
- Reds on the label means the food is high in that nutrient and these are the foods we should cut down on. Try to eat these foods less often and in small amounts.
Food shopping tips
If you’re trying to decide which product to choose, check to see if there's a nutrition label on the front of the pack. This will help you to quickly assess how your choices stack up. You will often find a mixture of red, amber and green colour coding for the nutrients. So when you're choosing between similar products, try to go for more greens and ambers and fewer reds if you want to make a healthier choice.