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How to make it

  • Heat up a big saucepan and add the olive oil. Sweat the onion, celery, carrot and garlic for around five minutes over a medium heat.
  • Heat a frying pan up until very hot and cook the seasoned beef, without any oil, in batches. Then add the beef to the saucepan.
  • The point of cooking the beef in batches is to get a good colour on it because this adds more flavour.
  • When all the beef is in the saucepan, turn up the heat and add the wine.
  • Cook until the wine has all been absorbed and then add the tinned tomatoes, tomato purée, bay leaf and oregano.
  • Season and simmer for 30 minutes or until rich and tasty.
  • Preheat a conventional oven to 180ºC, or a fan-assisted one to 160ºC.
  • Heat a griddle pan. Season the courgettes and lightly chargrill or sear on each side, then leave on a plate until assembling time. Drain the peppers and also add to the plate.
  • Now make the cheese sauce.
  • Heat the milk up gently with a good grating of nutmeg, some salt and pepper. Mix the cornflour with 50ml of the milk and whisk back into the milk, continuing to cook for two to three minutes until thickened.
  • Add the mustard and half the cheese. Check the seasoning and set aside.
  • Now for the fun part.
  • Take a baking dish and start layering up the ingredients. Start with a layer of meat, then peppers, then meat, then courgettes, then meat, then pasta and finally cheese sauce.
  • Top with the rest of the cheese and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until bubbling.

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    " It was good "
    philfull ate it and said...
    YUMMY! I made this the other day. It takes a lot of work but is well worth it as lasts a few days (is actually better the day after). I used low fat bacon in with the mince which made it that little bit better! Thanks!
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