Pasta Bake

Serves 4-6


500g minced beef

1 onion chopped

1 clove garlic chopped

1 carrot cut into matchsticks

1 stick celery finely chopped

2 slices of bacon finely chopped

300g mushrooms sliced

Good squirt of tomato paste

Your favourite Fair Dinkum Fare chilli sauce to taste

¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

¼ cup white vinegar

Dried Italian herbs

½ cup red wine

Olive oil

Good squirt of tomato sauce

Tin tomato soup

2 cups of cheese grated


  1. Add oil to a pan and fry the onion, bacon and garlic slowly for 5 minutes, stirring regularly so that it does not burn.  Add the celery, carrot and mushrooms and cook a further 3-5 minutes.  Add the meat, mix well until it is browned.
  2. Add red wine and allow to boil so that the alcohol boils off.
  3. Add vinegar, tomato paste, tomato sauce, chilli sauce, Worcestershire sauce, dried herbs and mix well.
  4. Add tomato soup and cook gently for 30 minutes.
  5. Boil a pot of water and add 200g spiral pasta to cook then drain.
  6. When sauce and pasta are both cooked, mix together than add to a large baking dish.  Cover with cheese and cook in a moderate oven for 20 minutes to allow the cheese to brown.
  7. Serve with crusty bread.

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