About this recipe: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!
Fleur de lys
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
600g macaroni pasta
450g mature Cheddar cheese, grated
40g grated Parmesan cheese
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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.
Preheat the oven grill and set the oven grate at about 15cm from the heat source.
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.
Grill in preheated oven until the cheese is bubbly and golden, about 5 minutes.