Made with meat and two types of beans, this protein-rich meal is not your average Bolognese recipe.


  • 100g smoked thick cut pancetta roughly chopped

  • 1 red onion peeled and finely chopped

  • 1 carrot peeled and finely chopped

  • 2 sticks celery peeled and finely chopped

  • 1kg good quality beef mince

  • a glass of red wine

  • 140g tomato puree

  • 500ml boiling water

  • 2 organic beef stock cubes

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 400g tin borlotti beans drained and rinsed

  • 1 x 400g tin cannellini beans drained and rinsed

  • fine salt & freshly ground black pepper


  • 1.

    Heat a large frying pan over a medium heat and fry the pancetta for 2 to 3 minutes until crisp.

  • 2.

    Stir in the onion, carrot and celery and leave to sweat for 10 mins or until soft.

  • 3.

    Add the beef to the pan, stirring occasionally until it has browned all over.

  • 4.

    Pour in the wine and keep stirring for 2 minutes until the alcohol has evaporated. Stir in the tomato puree and the 500ml boiling water. Crumble in the stock cubes, add the bay leaves and stir together.

  • 5.

    Leave to simmer with the lid on over a low heat for 1 hour. Then stir in the drained beans and replace the lid leaving it simmer again for a second hour - (a total of 2 hours cooking) so that the flavours intensify and the beef becomes tender. Remove the bay leaves before serving

  • 6.

    TIP: you could add some chilli flakes.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (14 servings)

  • Energy 296kj
  • Fat Total 17g
  • Saturated Fat 6g
  • Protein 17g
  • Carbohydrate 14g
  • Sugar 1g
  • Sodium 491mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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