Tasty Mince with Creamy Mozzarella & Basil Parcels
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Tasty Mince with Creamy Mozzarella & Basil Parcels

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Warm up a winters evening with these tasty mince parcels, the beautiful mix of mozzarella and basil is hard to turn down.
<b>Prep:</b> 25 mins Prep: 25 mins
<b>Cook:</b> 20 mins Cook: 20 mins
Serves 4-6 Serves 4-6
Excellent source of iron Excellent source of iron
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Ingredients

  • 500g Quality Mark lean beef mince
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 400g can chopped tomatoes in juice
  • 1 cup Campbell’s Real Stock –Beef
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved (optional)

Mozzarella parcels

  • 1 packet wonton or dumpling wrappers
  • 200g mozzarella
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

To serve

  • Fresh basil or parsley
  • Freshly grated Parmesan

Method

Sauce

Heat a little oil in a large frying pan over a very high heat. When the pan is piping hot, add the mince and break it up quickly with a wooden spoon. Stir it for a few minutes until brown all over. Transfer to a bowl, cool slightly then drain off and discard any fat.

Wipe out the mince pan and turn the heat down to medium. Add another tablespoon of oil, the onion and garlic. Stir for 5 minutes until soft and translucent. Add the tomato paste, tinned tomatoes, stock and sugar. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until it becomes a pasta sauce consistency. Season to taste. Add the cherry tomatoes (if using) and simmer for another few minutes.

Mozzarella parcels

Slice the mozzarella into 2-3 cm pieces. Brush a wonton wrapper with egg, and place a slice of cheese and a basil leaf in the middle. Season with salt and pepper and roll it up. Press the ends firmly with your fingers to seal. Repeat with the remaining filling. You can cut the ends off if you have lots of excess pastry sticking out.

Bring a large saucepan of water with a pinch of salt to a rapid boil. Add the parcels and cook for 5 minutes (or 3 minutes if using homemade pasta)

To serve

Combine the mozzarella parcels with the mince and spoon into warmed bowls. Top with fresh Parmesan shavings and chopped basil or parsley.
 
  • Suitable Cuts
  • Nutrition
  • Tips & Tricks

Nutrition Information Per Serving

Serving size: 373g
Energy kJ (kcal) 1754 (419)
Protein (g) 41.0
Fat (g) 17.7
Saturated (g)
8.5
Carbohydrate (g) 23.4
Sugars (g)
5.5
Sodium (mg) 496
Iron (mg) 4.9
Zinc (mg) 6.0
Vitamin B12 (ug) 3.5
Vitamin D (ug) 0.21
Selenium (ug) 11.7

This dish contributes over half the iron daily needs for men.
  • Beef mince is a fantastic, affordable way to provide your family with a healthy boost of iron, zinc and protein.
  • Browning the mince is so important for adding flavour. Cooking it over a high heat and splitting it into two batches all helps to create flavourful mince.
  • Up the vegetable content of the dish by adding 2-3 cups of chopped spinach to the mince mixture with the stock. You’ll just need to simmer it for a little longer to allow it to reduce.
  • You can use mozzarella from the cheese section at the supermarket, or if budget permits try using fresh mozzarella for a real treat.
  • To reduce the sodium content of this dish, opt for salt reduced tomato paste and reduce the amount of mozzrella used.

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Comments & Reviews

There are: 1 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
Just made this tonight and it was yummy. Made the parcels with homemade pasta. Definitely will make this again!
Posted by Linda 2014-11-20 22:08:24
 

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