I mourne the passing of summer into autumn . . . it will take a while for me to get into the swing of the changing light and have my food photos start looking decent again . . . sigh . . . I find the transition really difficult. It's especially hard to make dishes such as this Slumgullion look good. Sigh again . . .
I am sure very family must have their own version of this delicious stove top, one pan dinner. Its basically just minced steak (I always use the extra lean with less than 5% fat) and a few store cupboard ingredients, put together in a way which is simple, quick and family pleasing . . .
One pound of minced steak, with a few ingredients added such as onions, chopped peppers, celery, some tinned tomatoes and tomato sauce (passatta here in the UK) and macaroni, with a bit of seasoning. That's basically all it is . . . but simple doesn't mean that it isn't incredibly tasty.
Even my pasta hating husband tolerates this and goes back for seconds. (Methinks he doth protest too much actually. I think secretly I am converting him into a pasta lover, but he would be the last one to admit it.)
This is the kind of meal that is perfect for this time of year. It's a great family meal and family pleaser. It's economical. Kids love it. Its hearty and filling . . . and it's deliciousy simple. You cannot ask for much better than that. Now if I could only make it look as good as it tastes! A simple salad and some garlic toast and you have a fabulous meal!
1 TBS tomato puree (tomato paste)1 415g tin of tomato passata (15 ounce)
Note - Here in the uk, it may take longer for your macaroni to cook. It did mine. I just added a bit of boiling water every now and then to make sure it wasn't sticking. It turned out perfectly.