Thursday, December 6, 2012

Week 49: Elbow Macaroni Caserolle

BORING name, I know! But fortunately the dish itself was nothing like it :)

The Recipe
500g ground beef
1 can (~15oz) tomatoes
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 small can (8oz) corn
1 cup elbow macaroni
250g mushrooms, sliced
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese - but buy the real stuff!
1 tsp BBQ or chili powder
Salt, pepper

Preheat oven to 175C.

Boil the macaroni according to the instructions on the package. Drain and transfer to an oven-proof dish.

Meanwhile, cook beef in a pot over high heat, until no longer pink. Add onion, bell pepper, mushrooms and corn and cook until the mushrooms have wilted and the onion is soft. Add stewed tomatoes, tomato paste and seasoning and stir to mix. Transfer to the oven-proof dish and mix thoroughly. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in the oven for 20 minutes.

The Verdict
It sounded pretty ordinary, but tasted FANTASTIC! Seriously, do NOT make do with inferior cheese. It has to be the real deal to work, but when it is, you'll be sad you didn't splurge and use 2 cups instead. Really easy, lovely comfort food and definitely worth a repeat!

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