Cheesy beef and tomato pasta

    1 hour 35 min

    A seasoned, simmered beef mince and tomato mixture mixed with macaroni pasta and two cheeses, then oven grilled for 5 minutes. Simple, hearty comfort food, makes a beautiful family dinner. Toss together a fresh rocket or spinach salad, slice some fresh baked crusty bread and dinner is served!

    33 people made this

    Serves: 10 

    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 900g beef mince
    • 1 small onion, finely chopped
    • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
    • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
    • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 170g tomato purée
    • 450g passata
    • 600g macaroni pasta
    • 450g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
    • 40g grated Parmesan cheese

    Prep:20min  ›  Cook:1hr15min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, and stir in the beef mince until crumbly and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in the onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, cayenne pepper and salt; continue cooking until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes more. Drain off the excess grease, and add the tomato purée and passata. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 1 hour.
    2. Preheat the oven grill and set the oven grate at about 15cm from the heat source.
    3. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to the boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain. Stir the cooked pasta into the meat sauce until combined, then spread into a 20x30cm baking dish. Sprinkle with Cheddar and Parmesan cheeses.
    4. Grill in preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden, about 5 minutes.

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    My hubby,kids and i thought that this was very nice indeed!I would definitely make this again!  -  13 May 2013


    Just something that was edited out: if you don't have Italian seasonning, try 1/4 tsp Thyme, 1/4 tsp oregano, 1/4 tsp basil and 1/4 marjoram or rosemary.  -  04 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I thought this was very good. I did, however, add more seasonings and used tomato sauce since I didn't have crushed. I didn't have italian seasoning so I used 1/2 tsp basil and 1/2 tsp oregano (I started with 1/4tsp each but it needed more flavor), reminds me of spaghetti. It only needs about a minute under the broiler, though next time I think I'll just mix the cheese into the whole thing and not dirty another dish. My boys all gave me a thumbs up, so it's a keeper. Thanks for your recipe.  -  03 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)