This recipe can be made beforehand and frozen for a quick midweek meal when you know you'll be otherwise tempted to grab takeaway (I really should remember this more often), or just made in the morning & reheated that evening (I often pick recipes I can do that with). If you pick your ingredients well it's relatively healthy too. You can have all reduced fat/skim options in the topping or skip the topping completely. This recipe is what I used and there was plenty left over for a few lunches. I used the bigger type of macaroni but I think next time I might use the tiny macaroni or even the little baby shells. I think they'll fold through more easily. Everyone has probably had something like it & just forgotten how easy it can be to make.
700g lean mince*
420g can tomato soup, undiluted (homebrand is fine)
1 small onion finely diced
1 cup grated carrot
3/4 cup grated zucchini
3/4 cup frozen peas
2 tablespoons tomato paste (I used salt reduced)
2 teaspoons beef stock powder
3 cups cooked pasta
(I had NEVER made this before, it is normally Mr Creator's domain)
1 tablespoon reduced fat butter
3 level tablespoons plain flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup grated reduced fat cheese
Preheat oven to 180deg.
Cook pasta as per packet instructions.
Cook mince in a large non-stick frying pan until browned. Add tomato soup, onion, carrot, zucchini & peas. Cook while stirring for 2 minutes. Add stock powder and tomato paste. Cook for further 5 minutes stirring often. Fold through cooked pasta and spoon into lasagne style dish.
Melt your butter/margarine in saucepan, add flour, cook for a minute. Slowly add milk using a whisk, stir continuously, to avoid lumps**. Pour the sauce over the meat then sprinkle with grated cheese.
Bake 25-30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
|Just prior to going in the oven...|
Miss Pants said she didn't like hers but when it was reheated and given to her again for lunch the next day, because her dinner had been glad wrapped and put it in the fridge untouched, she DID like it. Everyone else loved it.
* I used Woolworths heart smart beef mince in this one, but next time I will use the Heart Foundation Tick Approved Turkey mince. We eat a lot of mince (because it's so cheap) and have found that there are still healthy options in mince. It's great.
** I didn't think I needed a whisk but I got it out quick smart!!