This was the very first thing my mum taught me to cook, i think i was about 11 at the time. Its fast and simple and doesn’t require any great culinary experience! My mum took the basic recipe from a cook book she owned and tweaked it to her own taste taking away some ingredients and adding her own.
1lb mince steak
half an onion
1 oxo cube
a cupped hand of basil
6 cloves of garlic
2tbl spoons of tomato puree
2 tins of chopped tomatoes
a pinch of nutmeg
Start by frying your mince until it turns brown and drain away any fat.
Add half a finely chopped onion and stir in.
Crumble in an oxo cube and then add the cupped hand of dried basil and stir in again.
Add the peeled crushed garlic cloves. (i use a garlic crusher, it saves on smelly hands and you can add it straight to the pan as you do it!) and stir again.
Turn up the heat and add the two tins of chopped tomatoes and the tomato puree.
When its bubbling away, add the chopped mushrooms and stir in.
Add a pinch of nutmeg. (my mum used to say it added shine to the sauce)
Turn heat right down and simmer for 45 minutes stirring occasionally.
Serve with any pasta of your choice and garlic bread.
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