I frequently change the ingredients for this, whatever I have in the pantry may be included – today I had celery, spring onion and mushrooms, so they got added in, but I don’t always have them. Use what you have, don’t go buying any ingredient just because the recipe has it.  I used stock, because I just made several pints, but water with or without a stock cube would do just as well.  I had a chilli going spare, so that got chopped in too.  You get the idea.


  • 1lb minced beef
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 4 mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 2 tsp all-purpose seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 small green chilli, chopped (optional)
  • Sprig of thyme
  • 1 tin chopped tomatoes
  • Splash wine (optional)
  • ½ pint stock or water
  • Servings of pasta
  • Cheese (optional)


  1. Brown the mince in a pan
  2. Boil a pan of water ready for the pasta.
  3. Add the chopped onion, pepper, mushrooms, celery, carrot, and garlic to the mince along with the sprig of thyme and seasoning and chilli if you are using it.
  4. Add the tomatoes and wine and pour in approx. half a pint stock or water, stir, cover with a lid and leave to simmer.
  5. Cook the pasta according to packet instructions.
  6. Taste the meat adding a little more seasoning if required.
  7. When all is ready serve the pasta and mince, sprinkled with cheese.

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