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Lamb & pasta bake

Method

  • Cook the pasta in boiling water until a little under al dente. Then drain well, toss with a little oil and set aside.
  • Heat a little oil in a heavy-bottomed pot and gently sauté the onions, carrots, celery, garlic and bacon until tender, stirring now and again.
  • Then add the lamb and cook until it changes colour, continually mashing and stirring as you do so.
  • Add the stock, tomato puree, seasonings and bay leaves. Stir well and bring to the boil. Then turn the heat down and simmer until thick and fragrant.
  • To make the cheese sauce, melt the butter in another pot and add the flour. Stir well and gently cook for about 3 mins. 
  • Then pour in the hot milk, all at once, and whisk well.
  • Add 2 good handfuls grated tasty cheese with the cream and seasonings. Whisk until the cheese has melted. 
  • Then whisk in the egg yolks until well combined.
  • Preheat oven to 180°C fan forced (200°C normal).
  • Toss the pasta with the olives and meat sauce. Then spoon the mixture into a large gratin dish. Top with cheese sauce and extra grated cheese. Cook in the oven for about 30 mins until golden brown and bubbling.
  • Serve with a simple salad on the side.

Ingredients

  • 1 packet penne (or similar pasta)
  • olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 3 rindless bacon rashers, diced (optional)
  • 750 gm minced lean lamb
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups beef (or chicken) stock
  • 800 gm tomato puree
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 14 pitted, black olives
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 litre hot milk
  • grated tasty cheese
  • a splash of cream
  • 2 egg yolks

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