I’ve been on a bit of a mission lately buying cheap foods and turning them into something simple and delicious, cooking and eating on a budget is what I’ve been trying to achieve for a healthier body and a lighter wallet. I’ve been doing a lot of food shops at Aldi, I know what you’re thinking cheap foreign food but it’s far from that all of it’s meat is sourced in Britain and everything I’ve purchased has been of a good quality whilst being much cheaper than most other supermarkets.
Turkey Mince has become a staple in my weekly food shop and I’ve been experimenting with it quite a lot from; meatballs, burgers, chilli and the dish I’ve made today. Turkey mince is very lean and a great source of protein, I even prefer it to beef mince now.
The Whole meal above cost me less than £4.00 for 4/5 portions depends how hungry you’re feeling.
So let’s get down to business….
- 450 g turkey mince
- 100 g chorizo
- 1 tin chopped tomatoes
- 1 red onion
- 1 carrot
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 bunch basil
- Start by prepping all your vegetables by finely dicing them.
- Heat a pan with a touch of oil and start browning off the; chorizo, onion, carrot and garlic, once they have softened and have coloured slightly deglaze the pan with a splash of red wine ( not essential ).
- Add the turkey mince and cook on a medium heat until the turkey mince is cooked through, then add the tin of chopped tomatoes.
- Season the sauce and meat to taste.
- Add some roughly chopped basil at the end and mix it in. Adding fresh herbs like basil towards the end will stop them going brown and retain a nice fresh taste.
- I used roughly 250 g dry fusilli for this recipe, I won't go into boiling pasta because it's pretty easy with the dried stuff, just follow the instructions on the packet.
- You won't need to use much oil for this recipe as by sweating off the chorizo and the vegetables the chorizo will release it's own fat.