Monday, May 14, 2012

Recipe - Cheesy Mince & Tomato Spirals

Cheesy Mince and Tomato spirals

I made this the other night adapted from a recipe by Jamie from Jamie Cooks It Up! OMGosh it was SO GOOD! I know we will be having this one again. Jamie's recipe made a lot so I halved it and we still managed to have leftovers (~_~)

250g of spiral pasta, which was half a normal sized packet (I didn't have shells or elbow macaroni in the pantry) *
1 onion, diced
1 zucchini, grated **
1 carrot, grated **
4 cloves of garlic, chopped (I used 1 tablespoon of crushed garlic from a jar)
1 x 800g tin of crushed tomatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
500g (1/2 lb) of minced beef (ground beef)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon marjoram (I didn't have oregano)
salt & pepper
2 - 3 cups grated low fat cheese

Turn your oven on to 180C

Cook the pasta using the direction on the packet.

While the pasta is cooking: In a large fry-pan heat the olive oil. Add the onions, garlic and vegetables to the pan. Cook until the onions are translucent.

Add the minced beef and cook until brown.

Add the tin of diced tomatoes.

Add the spices and some salt & pepper.

Once the pasta is cooked make sure it is well drained and add this to the meat mixture. Stir to combine.

Spray a large baking dish with cooking spray and pour in the meat/pasta mixture. Sprinkle with the grated cheese.

Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is a nice golden brown colour.

* you could use a whole packet if you wanted to
** Jamie's recipe didn't have these ingredients but I wanted to "hide" some extra veggies in there

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