Macaroni cheese with mince

By admin
27 September 2016

A simple family favourite.

Serve 6-8 Preparation time: 15 min Cooking time: 50-60 min

MINCE AND MACARONI

  • 80 ml (1/3 c) oil
  • 3 onions, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 700 g lean beef mince
  • 30 ml (2 T) chopped fresh oregano
  • salt and freshly ground black
  • pepper
  • 4 tomatoes, sliced
  • 30 ml (2 T) tomato paste
  • 125 ml (½ c) beef or vegetable stock
  • 80 ml (1/3 c) red wine
  • 500 g macaroni, cooked according
  • to the packet instructions
  • CHEESE SAUCE
  • 500 ml (2 c) milk
  • 30 g butter
  • 30 ml (2 T) cake flour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 500 ml (2 c) grated pecorino or mature
  • Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, whisked

TOPPING

  • 100 ml grated mature Cheddar cheese
  • baby tomato halves

1. Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease an ovenproof dish with nonstick spray.

2. MINCE AND MACARONI Heat the oil in a pan and stir-fry the onions, garlic and green pepper. Add the mince and cook until done but not browned.

3. Add the oregano, salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, stock and wine. Simmer until the liquid has reduced by half.

4. Add the macaroni and mix. Set aside.

5 CHEESE SAUCE Heat the milk slightly and set aside. Melt the butter in a pan, add the flour and stir. Remove from the heat and stir in the heated milk. Season with salt and pepper and add the cheese and whisked eggs.

6. Spoon half the mince and macaroni mixture into the prepared dish and pour over half the sauce. Repeat, ending with a layer of sauce.

7. TOPPING Scatter grated cheese on top and add the tomato halves. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Serve hot.

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