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Beef and Lentil Bolognese Serves 4


1 tsp oil

1 small carrot, diced

½ medium onion, diced

1 stick celery, diced

250g lean beef mince

2 cans crushed tomatoes

½ cup dried red lentils

1 tsp dried mixed herbs

1 tsp vinegar

½ cup water

Pinch ground pepper


  1. Gently sauté the diced onion, carrot and celery in a large pot, until soft and lightly browned
  2. Add mince and stir constantly to break up and brown evenly
  3. Add all other ingredients
  4. Bring to the boil then reduce heat to a gentle simmer
  5. Simmer gently for approximately one hour
  6. Serve with spaghetti noodles

This meal can be found in the Full o’ Beans cook book put out by The Heart Foundation in conjunction with the New Zealand Federation of Family Budgeting Services. You can download a copy here: