This is one of those “please the whole family” recipes that just can’t really go wrong and tastes especially good on a dark and cold evening. You know, one of those evenings where nothing fancy is required and comfort is the main aim.


Here's what you'll need...

  • 400g lean beef mince
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Leaves of 5 sprigs of thyme
  • 2tbsp olive oil
  • 2tbsp tomato purée
  • 200ml red wine
  • 200ml rich beef stock
  • 400g tin of chopped tomatoes
  • 250g Rigatoni pasta
  • 250g grated mozzarella
  • 50g grated parmesan
  • 1 small bunch fresh basil
  • Salt & pepper for seasoning


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Here's how it's done...

  • 1

    Start by putting the oil and diced onion into a pan and cooking them on a medium heat until soft. Take the onions out of the pan and add the beef mince and turn the heat up and fry the mince until browned.

  • 2

    Now add the onions back in along with the garlic and thyme and stir. Pour the wine into the mince and bring to a boil and now add the stock followed by the tomato purée and stir in.

  • 3

    Now add the chopped tomatoes, stir all and bring to a boil, then turn down to a low heat. Preheat your oven to 180C.

  • 4

    Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil and add the pasta. Cook the pasta until still al dente (roughly 2 minutes less than the pack suggests). Drain the pasta and put into an oven-proof dish.

  • 5

    Now put the mince on top of the pasta and spread evenly. Scatter the mozzarella over the mince. Put the whole thing into the oven for 20 minutes.

  • 6

    Once the 20 minutes are up, put the parmesan on top and bake for another 5 minutes.


By Carole Poirot on 13.02.19

Guest Contributor

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