About this recipe:This pasta sauce is packed full of flavour. Once you make this recipe, it will become a firm favourite. It takes a little while to make, but it's so worth it. Enjoy over your favourite pasta.
675g minced beef
7 carrots, coarsely chopped
1 small onion, chopped
4 slices ham
400ml beef stock
170g tomato puree
1 lemon, zested
2 bay leaves
1 pinch dried basil
1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon double cream
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Place minced beef in a large, deep frying pan. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Drain, crumble very finely and set aside.
In a food processor, chop the carrots, onion and ham.
Melt butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Stir in carrot mixture and simmer for 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in cooked beef, beef stock, tomato puree, lemon zest, bay leaves, basil and nutmeg. Simmer over lowest heat, partially covered, for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Immediately before serving, stir in cream and mix well.