The recipe I want to share today, is a recipe originally shared by one of our star rugby players, Bryan Habana in the cookbook Springbok Kitchen.
I have made it a couple of times, differently each time. This is by far the tastiest of my experiments - it is very filling, but somehow we managed to really over-stuff ourselves. You know, it's one of those recipes where you just can't stop - same as starting with caramel peanuts or popcorn .. you start and don't stop until the whole packet is gone!
I had planned to make a quick dessert afterwards, but halfway through dinner, we all decided against having a dessert as well .. now this does not happen very often at our house !
More than enough for 5 adults plus extra servings ...
Not Your Usual "Lasagna"
1 Large Onion, finely chopped
2 TB Oil
250g Bacon Bits (for this recipe - the bigger the chunks, the better)
800g Lean Beef Mince
1 cup Beef stock
2 TB Tomato Puree
1 1/2 t Paprika
1 t Spices for Mince (or any other MEAT Spice)
1 Large Tomato, peeled and chopped
Salt & Freshly Ground Black Pepper
3 cups Screw Noodles
2 1/2 cups Cheddar Cheese, grated
6 TB Butter
6 TB Flour
3 cups Milk
1.) Saute the Onion in the Oil until light brown and soft - add the Bacon Bits and fry 2 - 3 minutes - add the Minced meat and fry until loose and light brown.
2.) Mix the Beef stock, Tomato Puree, Paprika and Spice for Mince - add this mixture together with the chopped Tomato to the meat mixture - stir well, turn down the heat and let simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated. (15 - 20 minutes). When done, season with Salt and Black Pepper to taste.
3.) Meanwhile cook the Screw noodles according to the instructions on the packet, pre-heat the oven to 180 deg C (350 deg F) and spray a large oven dish with Spray 'N Cook.
4.) Melt the Butter in a microwavable dish (at least 1 liter capacity), stir in the Flour to form a paste - add the Milk little at a time to the paste, scraping the sides and bottom whilst mixing the Paste with the Milk.
5.) Microwave the Milk mixture at full power for 6 - 8 minutes, stirring every 1 1/2 minutes to break up any clumps, until the sauce has thickened.
6.) Once the pasta is cooked, drain and keep aside.
7.) To assemble ; Place half of the Meat mixture on the bottom of the oven dish, followed by half of the pasta, one cup Cheddar cheese and half the White sauce (Layer each addition evenly on top of the other)
8.) Repeat the layers and end with the remaining 1/2 cup of Cheddar cheese - Bake for 20 - 30 minutes until nicely browned.
Hope you will enjoy this recipe !
Ciao for now,
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