One pan pasta Bolognese

One pan pasta Bolognese

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  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 250g/9oz beef mince, any type
  • 400g tin green lentils, drained
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 250g/9oz dried penne pasta, or any pasta shapes
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 3 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • ½ tsp dried mixed herbs
  • 75g/2½oz cheddar, finely grated
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Put the onion and mince in a wide-based saucepan, deep frying pan or sauté pan and fry for 5 minutes over a medium-high heat.

  2. Add the lentils, tomatoes and 700ml water to the pan.

  3. Stir in the pasta, crumble over the stock cube and add the tomato ketchup and mixed herbs

    1. . Season with lots of ground black pepper.

  4. Cover with a lid and bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 18–20 minutes.

    1. Stir more towards the end of the cooking time so the pasta doesn’t stick.

    2. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

  5. Serve just as it is with cheese sprinkled on top, or transfer to an ovenproof dish, sprinkle with half the cheese and pop under a hot grill for 3–5 minutes or until the cheese melts.

  6. Serve the rest of the cheese separately.

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