About this recipe:
Want a quick, easy meal, you can dish up in under 30 minutes? This cheesy beef pasta is the dish for you. This pasta dish is delicious and easy to make and is a spin on a classic pasta dish. This pasta dish is also full of yummy Parmesan and mozzarella cheese, making it extra cheesy.
- 500 g lean beef mince
- 1 large onion, diced,
- 1 red capsicum, diced
- 3 portobello mushrooms, diced
- 1 large garlic clove, minced
- 400 g crushed tomatoes
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup of your favourite cheese
- 500 g of your favourite pasta
- fresh parsley
- Dice all your ingredients. Once all your ingredients are ready, bring a pan up to a high heat and start to sauté your onions and garlic. Once nicely browned, add in the capsicum and the mushrooms. After they have started to break down, add in your beef mince.
- When the mince cooks, add in the crushed tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
- Simmer the sauce on a medium heat for 10 minutes. While we wait for the sauce to cook, we can begin to cook our pasta.
- Add boiling water to a large pot and season with some olive oil and salt. When the water begins to boil, add in the pasta and cook according to the instructions on the packet.
- Once you sauce has thickened, add in the fresh chopped parsley and remove from the heat.
- Strain your pasta, making sure your leave some pasta water. Add pasta to your sauce.
- Sprinkle with your favourite cheese and garnish with more fresh parsley.
- If you are going to finish your pasta in the oven, make sure your pasta isn't fully cooked.
I cook the pasta in a separate pot, instead of cooking it in the pasta sauce. This way I don’t have to add extra liquid to my pasta sauce, so it will have a more intense flavour.
To finish off the sauce, I add some fresh chopped parsley and a blend of my favourite cheeses. I add Parmesan for it’s flavour and mozzarella for the cheesy goodness. You can add as much cheese to your liking or even experiment with some different cheeses, like cream cheese or blue cheese for a more unique flavour.
Another interesting spin you can add to this dish; if your pan is oven proof, sprinkle some cheese on top of your pasta and put in the oven for 10 minutes so the cheese can melt and become crunchy on top.
When your pasta is done, use a strainer and strain the pasta. Make sure you leave some pasta water aside, in-case you need to dilute your sauce. Slowly add pasta to your sauce, making sure you don’t add too much of your pasta. If you add too much of your pasta, it will become dry. If you see that you have added too much, you can dilute with a bit of your leftover pasta water or milk.
This cheesy beef pasta is the perfect recipe for a quick and easy dinner or even perfect for meal-prep.