One of my favourite recipes to use up random veggies in the fridge, and absolutely minimal effort is needed to make this. Because your wonderful slow cooker does it all for you!
- 500g lean beef mince (optional)
- 2x garlic cloves crushed
- 1 white onion
- 1 red pepper
- 1 carrot
- 4/5 closed cup mushrooms
- 1 celery
- 1 handful of pitted olives
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1 tbsp of tomato puree
- 1 tsp of dried basil
- 1 tsp of dried oregano
- 1 tsp of dried marjoram
- 1 tsp of Worcester sauce
- 1 cup of boiled water
- Ground black pepper to taste
- Parmesan cheese to serve with
- Fresh spaghetti pasta
- Electric slow cooker
- Chopping board
- Wooden spoon
- Fine grater
- Turn your slow cooking setting onto the highest, leave the lid on.
- Prepare your vegetables. Peel your carrot, garlic cloves and onion. Dice all of the vegetables, leaving the garlic you want to make sure you finely grate the garlic.
- Place your beef mince, if your using it, into the bottom of the slow cooker. Pile your now prepared vegetables on the top.
- Open your tin of chopped tomatoes and pour in.
- Add your tomato puree, Worcester sauce and your dried herbs.
- Add one cup of boiling hot water
- Give all the ingredients a good stir and place the lid back on.
- Leave now for as long as you want, but id recommend no short time than 3 hours. If you’ve put it on before work, turn onto warm when you arrive home. If you’ve put it on at lunch time, keep it hot until serving.
- 1 hour before you want to serve your minimal effort dinner, add the chopped olives. Its nice for these to keep their shape for the dish.
- Fresh pasta takes 4 minutes to cook, dried pasta can take up to 10-12 minutes depending on how much your cooking, so make sure to leave yourself plenty of time.
- Boil the kettle and pour into your pan. Turn your hob up high and add the pasta. Once is comes to a boil turn it down to a moderate simmer.
- Drain pasta and serve together with your delicious Bolognese.
- Add parmesan if you want too!
And there we have it. Easy, peasy, no effort needed spag bol which can feed as bigger family as you want. If you want to be even more time efficient you can buy the vegetables already cut up and frozen which is perfect for storage. I however, much prefer chopping them up. I find it relatively therapeutic. Also we have our veg box delivered to us from River Ford Farms, so I like to use these fresh ingredients in my cooking.