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One Pot Minced Beef Pasta Recipe

There are occasions when I just don't feel like cooking and as there are now numerous pasta dishes available in the cool section of most Supermarkets, hate to admit I have tried a few over the last few years, but they are pricey and always need extras added. This dish is simple, cheap and most of us have the ingredients already. I've used minced lamb, turkey and even sausage meat in place of the minced beef. I have also adapted it recently and make it in a Crockpot/slow cooker. Everyone loves it especially our grandkids who practically hoover it in.

One Pot Minced Beef Pasta Recipe
(Ample for 4, but would serve 6 if accompanied with plain crusty or garlic bread and salad)

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small yellow onion, diced
1 pound minced beef
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons tomato paste
2 cups beef stock (see note)
8 ounces mezze penne (or small pasta shapes)
1(15 ounce) can tomato sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon chopped parsley
Grated cheddar cheese, for garnish (optional)

Heat the olive oil in a large pot or pan over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until the start to soften, about five minutes. Add the garlic and ground beef, using a spatula to break it up as it cooks. Add the salt and vinegar, and scrape up any browned bits that have collected on the bottom of the pan. Add the tomato paste and stir until itís melted into the beef.

Add the beef stock and bring it to a boil. Add the pasta and press it into the liquid so itís covered. Let it all simmer for about twelve minutes or so until the pasta almost cooked through and most of the liquid as been absorbed.

Add the tomato sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and parsley and stir. Bring it to a simmer and let it all cook together, stirring so it doesnít stick to the bottom, until the pasta is cooked through, another five minutes or so. Serve with grated parmesan or your favourite cheddar cheese.

Note referred to: be sure to taste as you go as all Beef Stocks vary with seasoning and make any necessary adjustments.

(='.'=) Sylvia in Scotland

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