1/2 medium Onion
1 -2 Cloves Garlic
Fresh Herbs (To taste – I like Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Chives, Thyme and Parsley), use dried if you have to
2 Mushrooms (Optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
500g Beef mince (or so)
1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 small tin of tomato paste
1/2 tsp curry powder (optional) *
1/2 tsp cumin powder (optional)
1). Put a saucepan on the heat, and add the mince (no oil). Fry until the mince has browned. Drain this well to remove excess fats. Finely chop the onion, mushrooms and garlic, add them (and the mince) back to the pan and fry (again, no oil) until the Onion and Garlic are cooked.
2). Add the chopped herbs, spices and tomatoes. Add Tomato paste to taste (I only like about 2 tablespoons at most). Simmer this gently for as long as you can. About 1-2 hours is fantastic!.
3). Either serve this poured over pasta, or mix the pasta through then serve
*The curry powder adds a subtle flavour that you wouldn’t recognise as curry….. you can leave it out if you don’t trust me, but you should give it a shot!