One of our favourite easy family meals to make is pasta with a tomato meat sauce. It's quick and easy and tastes richer and more flavoursome than from a jar. PLUS... it only takes 30 minutes max to make and everyone in the family loves it. I like to sprinkle some parmesan cheese on the top of this easy Bolognese Sauce just before serving and serve it with some homemade garlic and cheese bread.
Quick and Easy Pasta Sauce from Scratch
Although this isn't a traditional Spaghetti Bolognese sauce as we are missing the vegetables it does make a quick mid-week alternative and my kids now frequently call it Spag Bol instead of meat sauce. With very little ones in the family (or messy husbands) you may want to swap the spaghetti for a less messy pasta alternative.
We discovered quickly how much money we could save by cooking from scratch. We buy our tins and spices in bulk and then get mince from the butchers and freeze any left over.
This recipe will make enough for our family of 4 to have 2 - 3 meals depending on whether we serve with a large side salad and reduce the pasta and meat sauce that we use.
Whilst this simmers on the stove around 10 to 15 minutes into cooking and get the garlic bread into the oven at the start and it will be ready all at the same time.
How to Freeze and Make Ahead
As a bonus, you can make this meat sauce in advance (say at the weekend)! Then Freeze in portion containers, then defrost in the middle of the week when you need it and it will take just the time it takes to cook some pasta. Ideal for busy weeknights with clubs and after-school activities.