23 March 2012



Nothing equals the satisfaction of home cooking and the pride of having created a wonderful meal for yourself and the family. The enticing aroma that fills the kitchen stimulates ones appetite and cravings.
Pasta bake is one of my favorites. Preparing this dish takes about an hour 30 mins.


Lean mincemeat
Onions – diced
Chopped canned tomatoes
4 Garlics – {2 sliced, 2 pressed}
Knorr cubes
1 Cucumber - sliced
Mild grated cheese
2 medium carrots
Garden peas
Sweet corn
Green, red and yellow paprika – cut into cubes
Pepper – cut into tiny bits
Sunflower/vegetable oil
Olive oil


Transfer the mincemeat into a bowl. Spice with curry, thyme, garlic, ginger, and 2 cubes of knorr, salt. Mix together and set aside. {Use garlic press for 2 garlics and grater for the ginger}

In a medium pot, pour in 4 tablespoons of sunflower oil allow heating. Add onions, garlic and pepper. Fry for about 2 minutes. Then add the mincemeat. Fry until the meat is completely cooked and browned.

Open the canned tomatoes and add into the mincemeat. Add little water into the can and pour into the pot. Turn, cover the pot and allow cooking for 30 – 45mins or until the water is completely dried.

After the water is dried: add the carrots, peas, sweet corn and the paprika. Turn and turn off the gas.

 In another pot, pour in water about half of the pot and bring to boiling. Once the water is boiling, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil, ½ tablespoon of salt and the pasta. Cook for 8 minutes, turn of the gas and drain the pasta with the aid of a sieve. Allow cooling for about 3 minutes.

Set the oven at 180C. In a baking pot, add the pasta, cheese and mincemeat sauce in layers. Line the baking pot with cucumber and baking in the oven for 25 - 30 minutes or until the cheese turns golden.

Serve with chicken or any meat of your choice.

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