Minced beef pasta bake

    Minced beef pasta bake

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    1hr15min


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    About this recipe: A hearty pasta dish, which is a cinch to make. Pasta is baked with layers of beef ragu and a cottage cheese mixture. Enjoy with garlic bread and a side salad, if desired.

    Ingredients
    Makes: 8 - 10 servings

    • 450g pasta
    • 450g lean minced beef
    • 75g chopped onion
    • 450g passata
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 225g cottage cheese
    • 4 tablespoons soured cream
    • 225g cream cheese, softened
    • 35g chopped spring onions
    • 50g chopped green pepper
    • 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

    Method
    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Extra time:10min resting  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. In a large pot cook with boiling salted water, cook pasta until al dente. Drain.
    2. Meanwhile, in a large frying pan over medium heat cook minced beef and chopped onions until brown. Stir in passata, sugar, salt, garlic and pepper. Remove from heat.
    3. In a large bowl, combine the cottage cheese, soured cream, softened cream cheese, spring onion and green pepper.
    4. In a greased 20x30cm baking dish, spread half of the cooked and drained pasta. Top with half of the meat mixture. Cover with cheese mixture and remaining pasta and meat sauce. Sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
    5. Bake in a 180 C / Gas 4 oven for 30 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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