• 500g premium minced beef

  • 150g chunks of bacon (lardons would be good)

  • 2 carrots peeled and chopped

  • 2 onions finely chopped

  • 2x 5/6 inch pieces celery, chopped

  • 1 garlic clove crushed

  • 250g passata

  • 1 400g tin tomatoes

  • 100ml beef stock

  • 100ml red wine

  • 20g butter

  • Salt and pepper


  • 1.

    In a heavy based saucepan, fry the bacon, onions, carrots, celery and garlic in the butter.

  • 2.

    When the vegetables are golden and softened, turn up the heat, brown the meat little by little so it doesn't release its juices and stew (this is the key to deep caramelised taste!).

  • 3.

    When it's nicely browned, add the tomatoes, wine and stock, give it a good stir, scraping the bottom of the pan, and leave to simmer on a low heat for about an hour to an hour-and-a-half, stirring occasionally. Add a little stock or water if it looks like drying out.

  • 4.

    Serve with fresh pasta and grated parmesan.

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