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Thursday, 19 October 2017
Beef and Spinach Pasta Bake
A simple pasta bake using fresh ingredients, full of flavour and oh so delicious! It is a very filling dish, so beware! What looks like a small portion on your plate is certainly going to fill your tummy! Thank you Love Foodies
2Cupsof your favorite pastacooked and drained. 1 lb Ground beefpork, chicken or soya
1Package of fresh or frozen spinach 1medium onion chopped 3clovesgarlic finely chopped 2teaspoonsWorcestershire Sauceor Balsamic Vinegar 2TablespoonsCornstarch 1 cup sliced mushrooms Salt & Pepper
3Tablespoonsbutter 1/3 cup All Purpose Flour 1 1/4 cups Milk 1 1/4 cups Chicken Broth 1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar cheese Salt & Pepper
Peel & chop onion, garlic and mushrooms
Add to a pan with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
Lightly fry until the onions are soft and translucent
Add your meat and cornstarch and cook, stirring in the pan with the other ingredients.
Add the spinach and Worcestershire Sauce
Season with salt & pepper.
Leave to simmer very low whilst you make the cheese sauce.
Melt butter in pan under gentle heat
Add Flour and beat until smooth paste and take pan off the heat.
Combine the milk and broth
Slowly add a little at a time and combine until smooth,
Add a little more of the milk / broth, combine.
Continue until all the milk / broth is used.
Return to gentle heat, and keep stirring until thick ..about 5 minutes
Season with salt and pepper if you wish...your cheese may be salty so taste the sauce first
Add 3/4 of the grated cheese and combine.
The remaining 1/4 of the cheese is for the top of the bake.
Preheat oven to 170 C / 325 F / Gas 3
Start with a layer of 1/3 of the meat sauce on the bottom of the pan
Top with a layer of cooked pasta, then cheese sauce.
Repeat these layers, ending with the cheese sauce as the final top layer.
You should be able to make 3 layers altogether.
Sprinkle the remaining grated cheese on top.
Place in the oven for 45 minutes.
When done, remove and leave to set for 30 minutes or it will be too slushy.
Allow to firm up a little then you can get the bake from the pan using a fish slice.