For those of you that tuned in to my cooking segment on The Morning Show, here is the recipe for you all.
It's very easy. It's very tasty. It's super fun to get family and friends involved. And as you can see, this dish can [and should] be enjoyed with a glass of full bodied red, while the kids do the cooking.
I've included a couple of other ideas for inspiration. Using plant based meat and vegan cheeses, this can easily be adapted to suit everyone.
The ultimate in Good Food, Good Wine + Good Times this winter.
Lots of love,
500g beef mince
1 brown onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 sticks of celery, diced
1 carrot, diced
200ml of vegetable stock
1 bottle of pasatta
1 Handful of Fresh Mixed Herbs ( tarragon, parsley, oregano)
Salt and pepper
Pasta tubes ( rigatini )
300g Mozzarella Cheese - 300g , half cubed and half grated or just get some grated.
100g of Parmesan grated
100g of hard cheddar grated
1.) Preheat the oven to 180 degrees.
2.) Cook the pasta tubes in boiling water for three minutes then drain.
3.) Meanwhile, to make the meat sauce, heat some olive oil in a frying pan and fry the mince until it begins to brown. Add in the onions and fry until they turn golden then add in the garlic and cook for another minute.
4.) Add the stock and reduce the liquid for 3 minutes then add the chopped herbs and Passata and bring to a simmer. Season to taste. Remove from the heat.
5.) Lightly oil a spring form cake tin and fill with the cooled pasta tubes standing upright and sprinkle over your cubed cheese so it falls into the tubes.
6.) Pour over your sauce mixture and use a spoon to push the mixture into the tubes, cover with the remaining cheese and bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
7.) Remove from the oven and garnish with freshly chopped parsley and serve.
The variations are endless. Here are some of the other suggestions for flavours:
Vegetarian using mushrooms or plant based mince instead of the beef and rocket and spinach
Vegan mince and cheeses with gf pasta for dietary requirements
Moussaka Flavours using lamb mince, nutmeg, cinnamon etc
Classic lasagna flavours using a white sauce
Asian inspired flavours using sesame oil, soy sauce, Chinese vinegar.