About this recipe: This Italian-style casserole is ideal for a special family dinner – it can be put in the oven well in advance, leaving time to do other things. Don't worry if you get delayed, as the lamb improves with longer cooking. Or it can be left to stand and reheated, with the macaroni added at the last minute. Serve with ciabatta.
Diced lean boneless leg of lamb or trimmed shoulder can be used instead of neck fillet. * For a Greek lamb and pasta casserole, fry 500 g (1 lb 2 oz) minced lamb with 1 sliced onion in a non-stick frying pan, without any fat. Drain in a sieve so that fat from the lamb can be discarded, then put the meat and onion in a large saucepan. Add 2 tsp crushed coriander seeds and 2 chopped garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute, then stir in 200 ml (7 fl oz) dry white wine, 300 ml (10 fl oz) lamb or vegetable stock, 2 tbsp tomato purée and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the juice of 1 lemon with the cooked macaroni, then taste for seasoning. Top with 200 g (7 oz) cooked shelled broad beans tossed with 2 tbsp each chopped fresh mint and parsley. * Other pasta shapes such as fusilli (spirals) or conchiglie (shells) can be used.
Red peppers are an excellent source of vitamin C – weight for weight they contain over twice as much as oranges. They also provide good amounts of carotenoids and bioflavonoids – both antioxidants that help to protect against heart disease and cancer. * When vegetables are cooked in a casserole they take on the flavour of the sauce, so it is a good way to encourage children to eat them. For very fussy children, scoop out the meat with a draining spoon and disguise the vegetables by puréeing them with the sauce.
A, B1, B6, B12, C, E, folate, niacin, zinc * B2, iron, selenium * potassium
Really good recipe. The only alterations I made were to omit the celery (simply due to personal preference) and to use diced lamb instead of neck fillet. This has lovely flavours and is a nice meal for the whole family. One slight drawback is the amount of time it takes to cook, but at least once it's prepared you can leave it and get on with other things. Recommended. - 29 May 2009