Explore a world of flavours and get creative with Pasta Grandé. KwaZulu-Natal is the birthplace of the delectable bunny chow. The inspiration for this flavourful pasta bake comes from the hot and spicy food found in Durban’s take-aways and home kitchens. This dish is filling and packed with flavour –try it for yourself and stand a chance to win big! Enter your dish here and share your local pasta recipe using #MakeItGrande, #MakeItYourWay and #PastaGrande."
Bunny Chow Pasta
Cooking: 1 hr | Serves 4-6
500g Pasta Grande penne
45ml (3T) canola oil
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
15ml (1T) curry powder
10ml (2t) garam masala
10ml (2t) turmeric
800g lean beef mince
250ml (1c) beef stock
30ml (2T) sweet chilli sauce
500ml (2c) water
10ml (2t) salt
125ml (½c) frozen baby peas
250ml (1c) kidney beans, cooked
60ml full-cream yoghurt
3 slices white bread, crusts removed
15ml (1T) thyme leaves, chopped
15ml (1T) rosemary leaves, chopped
5ml (1t) salt
2,5ml (½t) freshly ground black pepper
45ml (3T) olive oil
- Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease an ovenproof casserole dish.
- Cook the pasta according to packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
- Heat the oil in a large pan over a medium-high heat. Add the onion and carrot and sauté until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, curry powder, garam masala and turmeric. Cook for 1 minute or until the garlic and spices turn fragrant.
- Add the mince. Brown slightly, then add the beef stock, sweet chilli sauce, water and salt. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes.
- Add the peas and kidney beans. Stir in the yoghurt and allow it to simmer for another 2 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat. Transfer the cooked penne into an oven dish and mix through the mince mixture.
- Tear the bread into small pieces and pulse in a food processor with the thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper, until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
- Transfer to a small bowl, add the oil and mix through.
- Spread the breadcrumbs evenly over the top of the pasta, gently pushing it down.
- Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the breadcrumbs are golden and crispy. Serve straight from the oven with a fruit chutney on the side.
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