Easy beef macaroni using tinned tomatoes

I’ve done a cracking Mac and Cheese recipe here previously, but this is my Bronagh’s (who’s Bronagh?) rich, tomato and beef macaroni she likes to whizz up the odd time. She ain’t too bad at the old wine matching either.

Bronagh’s beef macaroni (serves 2)

1 medium onion
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
75g macaroni pasta
half tsp of mixed herbs
250g minced beef
50g mushrooms

For the sauce…
25g butter
25g flour
250mls milk
75g cheese

Serve with…
A light rocket salad

Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees C. Chop the onion, fry in a pan with some oil and when soft add the mince and brown. Chop the mushrooms and add to the pot with the tomatoes and herbs. Cook for 10 minutes.

Put boiling water into a large saucepan and cook the macaroni so it still has a nice bite to it. Drain the macaroni and add it to the meat sauce, mixing them together, before adding to an ovenproof dish.

Place the butter in a saucepan and melt over a low heat, then add the flour. Take off the heat and gradually add the milk mixing all the time. Grate the cheese and add half to the sauce. Pour the cheese sauce over the meat and macaroni. Then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the dish. Bang into the oven and remove once the top is crisp and golden. Serve with a nice light side salad, dressed in extra virgin olive oil.

The wine match

Since this is one of Bronagh’s inventions (or rather an adaption of something else) I asked for her wine matching advice. That involves me buying a bottle for her under instruction, or under orders. She’s going for two nice and easy drinking Italian’s. The Solonio Cesanese and the Feudi di San Marzano Primitivo.

You’re not bad at this game, Bro ;)

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