Rich meaty flavours of beef and bacon make this pasta dish a smart meal for midweek - or an impressive dish if you've got friends coming over.
- 450g extra-lean minced beef less than 5% fat
- 4 rashers smoked back bacon, all visible fat removed, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 leek, finely chopped
- 1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- A large handful of fresh basil, finely chopped
- 400g can chopped tomatoes
- 350g dried rigatoni pasta
- A watercress, rocket and spinach salad, to serve
- Place a large, non-stick frying pan over a high heat. Add the beef and bacon and cook for 4-5 minutes, until the beef is browned all over. Add the garlic, leek, pepper and carrots and cook for a further 5 minutes.
- Add the oregano, basil and chopped tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and then cover and cook for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cook the pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain well.
- Divide the pasta between four warmed bowls and spoon over the ragu. Serve immediately with the salad.
Tip: Make the sauce in advance and freeze, ideal for a quick meal.
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