Today, as I’m writing this, it has rained, non-stop, all day. Even my roof is leaking because of it! 😩 so this evening I decided we need cheesy, carb-y comfort food to warm us up!
This meal is quick, easy and uses stuff you usually have in at home anyway. It’s the lovechild of your standard chilli recipe and a cheesy pasta bake! Something that gives you the spicy kick but with pasta instead of rice as an accompaniment. Nothing fancy about it at all!
- An onion and a few cloves of garlic, chopped up
- 250g beef mince
- Cans of beans (I used red kidney and cannelloni)
- 1 can chopped tomatos
- Around 800-900mls chicken stock
- Red pepper (not essential but nice)
- 1.5 tsp cumin
- 1-2 tsp chilli flakes (depends how hot you like it 🌶🌶🌶)
- 300g pasta – I used conchiglie, but whatever you like
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Cheddar cheese – as much as you want to add!
- Parsley for serving
Fry the onion, garlic and beef mince in a few glugs of olive oil, until slightly brown. Add the pepper for a few extra minutes. Then add the cans of beans, tomatoes, chicken stock and spices. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then get it to a simmer for a few minutes.
Add in your pasta and let it bubble away until the pasta has softened. Then take it off the heat and throw your cheese on top.
I got beers to go with it – Aldi now do bottled ales for a quid each!? Amazing.
All in all, this took around 25 minutes, so it was perfect for a lazy rainy day. This made 2 large portions and plenty of left-overs for the fridge. Pretty much everything was bought from Aldi as well – so it’s good for the pocket as well as the soul 😉
We have also made an amazing Mediterranean pasta recipe recently so we’ll be posting that soon!