Nanny’s Pasta

This for me is like a cuddle in a bowl. This is exactly what I crave after a pants day at work and reminds me of Nanny Wheels. This recipe has absolutely no finesse at all but it’s pure goodness and is a chuck anything you like in a saucepan and let it bubble away kind of dish. Pasta for my nanny and gramps was exotic, which when you’ve experienced rationing it would be. Nanny used to boil the pasta so it was mushy rather than al-dente and my gramps for some reason would eat leftovers with jam.


  • 1 x packet of 5% fat minced beef
  • 1 x tin of chopped tomatoes
  • Tomato puree (as much or as little as you like)
  • 1 x onion diced
  • 3 x sliced or diced carrots
  • A couple of handfuls of peas
  • 1 x teaspoon garlic
  • 1 x beef stock pot


  • Fry off the onions in fry light in a heavy based frying pan or saucepan. Once the onions are softened add in the mince and cook through.
  • Pour in the chopped tomatoes, beef stock pot and tomato puree and mix so that the mince is incorporated into the tomatoes.
  • Add in the carrots, peas and some water and allow to bubble away until the liquid has reduced to make it more like a ragu.
  • Cook your pasta and then mix into the sauce. Serve with some parmesan on the top. The sauce freezes well and tastes even better the next day. Perfect to heat up and tastes yummy on a jacket potato.

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