Take a quarter quantity of Basic Bolognese Sauce and add beans and pasta for a warming supper, popular with all the family. To make a version of Cowboy Dinner fro scratch, see One-Pot Mince and Pasta Bake.
Cowboy Dinner is a variation of Basic Bolognese and just adds a couple of store cupboard ingredients for a family supper. Cowboy Dinner? This is what all self-respecting cowboys eat, or at least that’s what mums tell their small sons. Well, it worked for me!
There was a time when the most common dish I made with the basic bolognese was Cowboy Dinner. Those time are long gone and I don’t make this often now, but I was pleased to find it’s as tasty as I remember. The added extras are pasta and a tin of baked beans. Grated cheese too, if you have it. It’s well worth the investment of cooking that initial batch of bolognese sauce. You might find that you cook twice the quantity next time. The limiting factor is really the size of your cooking pot.
If you want a meal like this but you don’t have the Basic Bolognese already made, you could try One Pot Mince and Pasta. That doesn’t have all the vegetables in it, but it’s a quick meal when you have a pack of mince and a family to feed.
- 200 g pasta – any type
- 1 quantity Basic Bolognese for 4 people
- 1 tin baked beans
- Grated cheese to finish
- Cook the pasta according to the packet
- Meantime, heat the tin in a saucepan or microwave
- When the sauce is piping hot (bubbling all over) and the pasta is ready, add the beans and pasta and stir
- Serve with grated cheese