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Bolagnese Meat Sauce (serves 4)


2 Tbsp oil

2 medium onions,


2 medium carrots,

grated or chopped

500g beef mince

2 x 400g can

chopped tomatoes

½ cup water


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan
  2. Gently cook the onion until soft
  3. Add the mince and brown, drain off any extra fat
  4. Add the carrot to the mince and stir well
  5. Add the chopped tomatoes and water
  6. Cook gently until the sauce has thickened; about 1 hour


Add a splash of vinegar, some crushed garlic, fresh or dried herbs to add more flavour

To make this recipe go further for a little extra cost you can add some dried lentils. To do this, add ½ cup lentils and ½ cup of water. The lentils will soak up the water.

This meal can be found in the Cheap Eats 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: