Million Dollar Spaghetti

What you need


  • 1 pack spaghetti, cooked v al dente
  • 1 kg beef mince
  • 1 large onion, 1 small carrot, 1 stick celery, all blended in the food processor
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 400ml tins passata
  • 2 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 tsp chilli flakes
  • 1 heaped tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tub cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, grated
  • 3 balls mozzarella


  1. Heat the oil over medium heat, add the onion, garlic, celery and carrot. Season with chilli flakes, oregano and salt. Stir and turn the heat to low. Cook for 20 minutes or so. Remove and drain, reserving the oil.
  2. Heat the reserved oil over medium-high heat and fry the beef (in batches if necessary) until coloured and starting to crisp. Return the veg to the pan. Add the tomato puree and cook out briefly. Add tomato passata and stir. Pop on a lid and cook for as long as possible (2 hours or so is good).
  3. Cook your pasta to al dente. Spread cheese in the bottom of a lasagna dish. Top with parmesan, pasta and 1 ball mozzarella. Cover with your sauce, then finish with the remaining mozzarella and parmesan.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes.
  5. Destroy
TOKYO, JAPAN: (FILES) This 26 July 2001 file picture shows Den Fujita, the founder of McDonald's Holdings Co. (Japan), eating a burger next to the company's mascot at the company's stock listing on the Jasdaq over-the-counter market in Tokyo. Fujita, the man who brought the fastfood chain to Japan more than three decades ago, died 21 April 2004 of heart failure, the company said 26 April 2004. The announcement of his death at the age of 78 had been withheld because of his family's wishes. AFP PHOTO/Yoshikazu TSUNO/FILES (Photo credit should read YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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