Freezes really well..! I tend to make this in big batches so I can freeze the left-overs to have in the working week or put it into ziplocks and send my son back to Uni with it. It’s then really easy to cook up some spaghetti (my son has it with rice which I found a bit odd at first, but each to their own!), and your main meal is ready to go on top. So get the biggest wok or saucepan you can and crack on. It’s also one of the best ways I’ve found to use the left-overs in the fridge and quite frankly, anything with bacon in is pretty tasty anyway.
You can put in or take anything out of these ingredients to suit your taste buds:
- 8 rashers of unsmoked bacon chopped up – I tend to cut off the rind and feed it to the cats
- Peppers, I usually use 1 x Orange, 1 x Yellow, 1 x Red – chopped up
- Frozen peas, about a quarter of a bag
- 6 medium-sized carrots chopped – fresh or frozen
- 2 tins of peeled chopped tomatoes, I like Napolina
- 1 family sized jar of Dolmi pasta sauce
- 4 large packs of minced meat – I go for the 10% fat one – don’t know why, it just makes me feel better 🙂
- 1 large onion, or in my case, 1 mug of Sainsbury’s frozen chopped onions – no sense in making life any harder than it is!
- A couple of garlic cloves
- Cinnamon – a good sprinkling
- Cumin – a sprinkling
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 pack of Parsley – I have to take the stalks off because my youngest son doesn’t like them, then finely chop
- Dried Mint – a couple of spoonfuls
- 1 packet of Halloumi cheese – washed, dried and grated
- Olive Oil or Sunflower Oil whichever your prefer
- In a frying pan, fry up your bacon, once cooked put it into a paper-towel to soak the excess oil and put to one side
- In your wok/saucepan add enough oil to coat the bottom, don’t be shy
- Fry together your onions and garlic cloves
- Add in your mince meat breaking it down and fry until it’s brown
- Once it’s brown, add the cinnamon, cumin, salt, pepper, chopped parsley and give it a good stir for about five minutes
- Add in your tins of peeled tomatoes and your Dolmio pasta sauce and stir around
- Add in your bacon, mixed peppers, chopped or frozen carrots and stir around
- Bring to the boil
- Simmer for 45 minutes stirring frequently so it doesn’t stick to the bottom
- Job done, get a cup of tea
When you’re ready to eat, cook up your spaghetti or rice, heat up your spag bog and then mix together your grated Halloumi and dried mint – and sprinkle over the top to taste.
Very filling, and very handy to have in the freezer!