Beef and Lentil Rescue Remedy
Healthy Pasta Recipe with Plenty of Vegetables
4 - 6
Sue Hamilton and Dana Alexander
So called because it’s so easy to make, you can freeze Beef and Lentil Rescue Remedy and bring it out when you have no time to spare. The nutty, delicious lentils add extra fibre and flavour to an already delicious dish. Use any type of pasta that catches sauce well – like shell pasta, ribbed penne, or orecchiette.
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500g Quality Mark beef mince
1 finely chopped onion
2 crushed garlic cloves
1/2 cup red wine
400g can canned tomatoes
2 tbsp tomato paste
400g can lentils
1 tbsp oregano
1 tbsp dried basil
1/4 tsp nutmeg
2 cups pasta
A handful of chopped parsley
To Make Remedy
Heat olive or vegetable oil in a frying-pan and cook onion and garlic together until soft and transparent. Add beef mince and brown well, breaking up any large pieces.
Add wine, if using (preferably, use the wine you will be drinking with the meal). As it hits the pan there should be a hiss. The alcohol will evaporate and leave the rich warming flavour of the wine.
Add tomatoes, tomato paste, lentils, dried herbs and nutmeg. Combine well and let simmer for at least 15–20 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
While the sauce is simmering, cook your pasta of choice in a large pan of salted water.
Cook according to instructions, then drain when it’s al dente (firm to the bite).
Toss sauce through the pasta and serve garnished liberally with fresh parsley or basil.
If freezing for later use, just freeze the sauce. While the sauce is defrosting in the microwave, you can cook your pasta. Dinner will be ready in 10 minutes flat!
Nutrition Information per Serving (362g)
Percentage daily intakes are based on an average adult diet of 8700 kJ (2100 kilocalories).More info
* Percentage of recommended daily intake (Aust/NZ)