One-pot steak and pasta casserole

    1 hour 45 min

    Slim pasta spirals called fusilli are delicious cooked in a casserole of beef and vegetables. The dried, uncooked pasta is added towards the end of the cooking time so that it retains its al dente texture while still absorbing the savoury flavours of the meat, vegetables and oregano in the rich stew.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 340g (12 oz) lean braising steak, cut into 1 cm (½ in) cubes
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 1 tin chopped tomatoes, about 400g
    • 2 tbsp tomato purée
    • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
    • 1 litre (1 3/4 pints) beef or vegetable stock
    • 3 large carrots, sliced
    • 4 celery sticks, sliced
    • 1 small swede, chopped
    • 225g (8 oz) fusilli (pasta spirals)
    • 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano or 1 tsp dried oregano
    • salt and pepper

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr30min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

    1. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole and add the beef. Brown the meat all over, stirring frequently. Use a draining spoon to remove the meat from the pan.
    2. Add the onion to the casserole and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until it is softened. Then add the tomatoes with their juice, the tomato purée, garlic and 600 ml (1 pint) of the stock. Stir well and bring to the boil.
    3. Return the beef to the casserole. Add the carrots, celery and swede, and season to taste. Cover and simmer gently for 1 hour or until the meat is tender.
    4. Add the pasta and oregano with the remaining stock. Bring to simmering point, then reduce the heat and cover the casserole. Cook for 20–25 minutes or until the pasta is tender. Serve immediately.

    Each serving provides

    Excellent source of niacin, vitamin A, vitamin B12, vitamin C. Good source of copper, iron, potassium, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, zinc. Useful source of calcium, folate, selenium, vitamin B2, vitamin E.

    Some more ideas

    For a Mediterranean flavour, replace the carrots and swede with 1 red pepper and 1 yellow or green pepper, seeded and chopped. Add the peppers with the onion. Also add 170 g (6 oz) button mushrooms with the pasta. * Try venison steak instead of the beef, and use whole baby carrots and turnips instead of the sliced carrots and chopped swede. Venison is particularly rich in iron.

    Plus points

    Beef is an excellent source of iron and zinc. Iron from red meat is far more easily absorbed by the body than iron from vegetable sources. * Swede is a member of the cruciferous family of vegetables, all of which have an important role to play in cancer prevention. * Adding pasta and starchy root vegetables to a meat casserole increases its fibre content as well as the carbohydrate. Fusilli pasta has a low to medium Glycaemic Index.

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     -  30 Jan 2011


    Used different ingredients. i added part boiled potatoes towards the end of cooking, instead of the pasta pasta.....  -  19 Jan 2011


    Altered ingredient amounts. added carrots, mushrooms. much tastier. cut all the amounts down for two and still served 4 generous portions  -  29 Jun 2009