Beef and tomato bread bake

    1 hour 5 min

    This bake uses ingredients that are similar to a pasta bake. The only difference is that bread is used, instead of pasta. It's a great way of using up old bread.

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    Makes: 4 

    • 225g minced beef
    • 1 small onion, chopped
    • 1 clove garlic, crushed
    • 4 tablespoons red wine
    • 1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes, drained
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4 teaspoon crushed chillies
    • 1 teaspoon sea salt
    • 3 eggs
    • 1 tablespoon dark brown soft sugar
    • 75ml single cream
    • 8 slices day-old bread, cubed
    • 125ml low salt chicken broth
    • 4 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano cheese

    Prep:25min  ›  Cook:40min  ›  Ready in:1hr5min 

    1. Crumble the minced beef into a large frying pan over medium heat. Add onions and garlic; cook and stir until evenly browned. Drain off excess fat. Stir in the red wine, tomatoes, oregano, crushed chillies and sea salt. Bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes.
    2. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.
    3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, dark brown soft sugar and cream. Place the bread cubes in a 2 litre baking dish. Pour in the egg mixture and chicken stock; stir in the minced beef mixture. The bread should be saturated. Sprinkle half of the Pecorino Romano cheese over the top.
    4. Bake for 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until the top is golden and the centre is set. Portion into individual bowls and top each one with some of the remaining Pecorino Romano cheese.

    Pecorino Romano

    If unavailable, substitute in Parmigiano Reggiano (Parmesan) or any other strong, hard cheese.

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    I wasn't sure what to expect with this recipe. It is really good, easy, and flavorful. I did use more ground beef than it called for. I used a whole pound because that is what I had defrosted. I think next time I will again use the whole pound. Thanks for a really good recipe.  -  26 May 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was very tasty and incredibly easy! I could incorporate all 4 food groups and my kids had no idea - they just knew they wanted more!  -  18 Jul 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is a really great idea and a bit of a retake on something my mom used to make which was savoury bread and butter pudding, but this is better because everything is nice and moist. I cheated a lot and used a packet of pre-cooked spaghetti mince which I make in huge quantities and keep in the freezer for quick dinners, but which has all the ingredients required for the mince in this recipe anyway. I chopped some extra fresh tomatoes and threw those in to up the veggie content. I used leftover hotdog rolls, cubed. I also used 4 eggs, milk and no stock. I then microwaved it, covered, for about 6 mins. Added grated cheese and then 2 mins more. Fab idea!  -  13 Feb 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)