Home economics task: vegetable, ground beef and tomato sauce

My son's home economics task was to prepare a sauce to pasta, rice or potatoes. Bob wanted to prepare a vegetable, ground beef and tomato sauce, which turned out to be a really tasty! I normally spice up my "bolognese sauce" with plenty of garlic, chilies, herbs and mirepoix, but my son decided to add also 2 teaspoons of smoked Spanish paprika powder. It really made a big difference favour-wise. My husband said that Bob sauce outperformed my typical bolognese sauce. 🙈🙉🙊 I take this as a compliment; after all I taught my children how to cook!!!  #ISV #homeeconomics 

Add in ground beef when your veggies are getting soft. 

If you like garlic, crush in some.

Wash, peel and finely chop the vegetables.


  • 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 small onions
  • 1-2 gloves of garlic
  • 1 courgette
  • 500 g sieved tomato puree (passata di pomodoro) 
  • 140 g concentrated tomato puree
  • 2 tps Spanish smoked paprika powder
  • Salt & black pepper to taste
  • Chili flakes
  • 400g farfalle pasta
  • 100 g parmigiana cheese 
  • 1/3 cup of chopped flat leaf parsley
  1. Wash, peel and finely chop the vegetables. Use a food processor, if you like. 
  2. Pour some evoo on the pan and start frying the vegetables for 8 minutes or so. 
  3. Add in ground beef and keep on stirring for another 8 minutes. 
  4. Add in the tomato purees and spices.
  5. boil pasta until al dente, and drain
  6. mix the pasta with the sauce and the cheese
  7. Sprinkle over the dishes some flat leaf parsley, evoo and parmigiana flakes

Serve hot!