Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Stuffed Pasta

Lazy & Tasty !

Pasta isn't something I cook very often. Recently I enjoyed a gorgeous, light lunch made by a friend of pasta, salad & garlic bread. The pasta was oven baked, the huge pasta shells stuffed with chicken, cheese dressed in a gorgeous creamy sauce. Its early Friday evening, after finishing work late I wonder what I can quickly bring together to serve something tasty but quick to make. I remember this dish, wonder if I can utilise the carton of minced beef I have in the fridge. I quite fancy pasta & decide to make some spicy meatballs, I have mozzarella cheese - the flavours should work well together.

Ingredients
Extra Large Pasta Shells
Mozzarella Cheese
Jacobs Cream Crackers
Minced Beef
Back Bacon
Onions
Red Peppers
Garlic
Chilli
Spices
Tinned Plum Tomatoes

Method
  • Rinse the minced beef under running cold water
  • Crush a handful of Jacobs Cream Crackers into tint breadcrumb size pieces
  • Cut a couple of rashers of back bacon into small pieces, add to the minced beef
  • Add some spices to suit your taste, I used chilli, salt & pepper, fenugreek, garlic & paprika
  • Mix all together into a firm ball. Add some flour to your hands then take a small pinch of minced beef & roll between your plans into a small ball. Now you have a meatball :) Do this until all the minced beef is used. You can serve with spaghetti.
  • Brown the meat balls evenly in a saucepan, keep turning continuously until totally browned
  • Add the tinned tomatoes, chop the tomatoes into small pieces, add some tomato puree & some water
  • Rinse the mozzarella, dice into small cubes
  • Boil a large panful of salted water
  • Add the pasta & cook for about 9 minutes
  • Rinse the pasta under cold water. Pat dry then place into large oven proof dish
  • Tuck the mozzarella pieces into the large pasta shells
  • Next add the meatballs into the shell alongside the cheese
  • Add the remaining tomato dressing & sauce. Cover the meatballs as much as possible
  • I drizzled some chilli guava dipping sauce over the meatballs
  • Cover the pasta with tin foil & pop into a pre medium heated oven for about 15 mins.
  • Serve immediately with garlic bread, salad etc
  • ENJOY!!!

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