Pastore Pasta Bake | Abel & Cole
Pastore Pasta Bake
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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 40 mins
Pastore pasta literally means 'Shepard's pasta'. High welfare lamb mince, a good smattering of organic veg and lashings of Cheddar make this marvellously moreish.
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873 kcal
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Ingredients you'll need
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  • 1 onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 stick of celery
  • 1 garlic clove
  • A sprig of rosemary
  • ½ a frilly lettuce
  • A pack of lamb mince
  • A tin of chopped tomatoes
  • ½ a chunk of Cheddar
  • A bag of penne
From your kitchen
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
You'll need
  • A ocuple of large pans with lids
  • Salad spinner or kitchen paper
  • Colander
  • Ovenproof dish
Step by step this way
  • 1.

    Peel the onion and carrot. Rinse the celery. Finely dice them. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large pan. Add the veg. Pop on the lid. Fry gently over a low heat for 10-15 mins till soft, stirring every now and then.

  • 2.

    While the veg cook, peel the garlic. Roughly chop it. Rinse a sprig of rosemary. Remove the leaves from the stalk. Finely chop. Rinse the leaves from 1/2 the lettuce. Pop in a salad spinner or pat dry with kitchen paper. Pop in a bowl. Fill the kettle and boil it.

  • 3.

    Take the lid off your pan. Turn up the heat to high. Add the lamb mince, garlic and rosemary. Season with a little salt and pepper. Fry for 5 mins till the lamb is browned. Stir every now and then.

  • 4.

    Stir in the tomatoes and turn the heat down to medium. Fill the tomato tin a quarter full with hot water from your kettle. Add to the sauce. Simmer for 10 mins till the sauce thickens. Stir every now and then. Grate half the Cheddar.

  • 5.

    Heat your oven to 200ºC/Fan 180ºC/Gas 6. Fill a pan with hot water from the kettle. Add a pinch of salt. Cover. Bring to the boil. When it’s boiling, add the penne. Simmer for 5 mins. Drain.

  • 6.

    Taste the sauce. Adjust the seasoning. Stir in the drained pasta. Tip into a baking dish. Top the pasta with the grated Cheddar. Bake for 20-25 mins till the cheese is golden and bubbling.

  • 7.

    Dress the lettuce with 1 tbsp olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper. Serve the pasta bake on warmed plates with the dressed lettuce.

  • Tip

    Nice to meat you
    Rosemary is a great herb for pairing with meat. Chop your leftover rosemary sprigs and rub the leaves into chicken breasts or steaks before grilling them, or add a sprig to meaty casseroles.

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