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May 1, 2013

Beef & Vegetable Pasta Bake

If you want to cook for a crowd or just a very hungry family - this recipe is for you.  We enjoyed this dish very much.

Cheri usually have a problem with a baked Cheese topping, but combined with breadcrumbs ... well, she loved it !  I suppose most of my cheese topped dishes will now include breadcrumbs {..if not, why not, hey..?} as I normally leave a corner without cheese before baking, or I remove the crusty cheese before dishing up hers.

This is a tremendously filling dish and you could really feed up to 10 people with only a side or two of salads. If served on it's own, I'd say, you will get 6 - 8 large portions.  Dishes like these are fine with me because any leftovers and the kids will take some to work for lunch.  They are only too happy when there are leftovers as that means they do not have to make their own lunch - just spoon into a lunchbox and off they go!


{adapted from the recipe book EENSKOTTELTREFFERS}

{8 - 10 servings}

500g Small Shell Pasta
2 TB Oil
2 Onions, chopped
1 Large Green Bell Pepper, chopped
3 t Garlic, crushed
2 stalks Celery, chopped
250g Mushrooms, sliced
1 kg Lean Ground Beef   {Mince}
1 cup Beefstock
2 t Sugar
1 can (65g)  Tomato Paste
1 t Dried Parsley
1 t Dried Mixed Herbs
1 TB Worcestershire Sauce
Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
2/3 cup Cheddar cheese, grated
2/3 cup Breadcrumbs

1.)  Pre-heat oven to 190 deg C {375 deg F} - spray a large casserole oven dish with cooking spray.
2.) Boil the Pasta as per the instructions on the pack, drain and keep aside.
3.) Meanwhile heat the Oil in a large pan - saute the Onions, Green Bell Pepper, Garlic and Celery until soft - add the Mushrooms  - cook until light brown and soft - remove from pan and keep aside.
4.) Cook the Ground Beef in the same pan until done {loose and no longer pink}.
5.) In a separate bowl, mix the Beefstock, Sugar, Tomato Paste, Parsley, Mixed Herbs and Worcestershire Sauce - add to the meat - add the vegetables back to the pan - stir through and season to taste with Salt & Black Pepper.
6.) Combine the Meat mixture and the Pasta - spoon into the prepared casserole dish.
7.) Mix the Cheddar cheese and the Breadcrumbs - sprinkle over the Meat and Pasta - bake uncovered for 45 minutes until nicely browned.

Serve with side salads or vegetables.

Hope you enjoy!

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  1. Looks like a dish my family would Love~ Thanks for stopping by the Blog Hop~ Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

  2. Crowd cooking is what I do every night :) this looks like a really good meal for my lot pinning this

  3. Linda this looks and sounds wonderful!

  4. Yummy! I love the crusty cheese part - I'll eat Cheri's :) I am also a big fan of casserole type dishes! Pinning this to try :)

  5. Looks like a great recipe for a crowd! I love a casserole! Can you make it ahead and then stick it in the fridge until time to bake it?

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