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Feed a family of 4-6 on 250g mince? Easy done with my Savoury Mince and Red Lentils. We love red lentils and they are budget friendly and really bulk out the meal.

This has become my favourite last minute weeknight dinner. It is so quick, uses basic ingredients and tastes so good.  Its perfect for kiddies. There is enough flavour without it being too rich like some tomato based meals can be.

The mince mixture could be served over pasta or rice, in pies, with mashed potato and steamed veggies, as a lasagne filling, in canneloni etc. It goes so well with many things.

This can be frozen, thawed an reheated for another night so it makes a brilliant last minute dinner. Simply pop some pasta on to cook and reheat the mince mixture. The flavour really develops when doing this or when served the next day.

 

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No problem at all! I have included stove top instructions for you as well which are found below the tmx instructions. There is no excuse now not to cook this and have some in the freezer for a quick weeknight dinner.

 

Savoury Mince and Red Lentils - TMX version
Serves 4
An easy weeknight dinner for the whole family. Super budget friendly with only 250g of mince used and lentils to bulk it out.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 400g dried pasta
  2. Cheese for garnish
Sauce
  1. 250g beef mince
  2. 70g red lentils + hot water for soaking briefly
  3. 1 onion, peeled and quartered
  4. 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  5. 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  6. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  7. 1/4 of a bunch of parsley
  8. 400g tin of diced tomatoes
  9. 3 tablespoons worstershire sauce
  10. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to packet directions.
  2. Place lentils in a bowl and cover in hot water. Set them aside whilst you continue on with the recipe.
  3. Place onion, garlic and carrots in to the machine bowl.
  4. Blitz on speed 7 for 4 seconds. Scrape down.
  5. Add oil and cook at 100 degrees, speed 2 for 2 minutes.
  6. Add mince in two large pieces (to help keep some consistency to it whilst cooking) and drained lentils.
  7. Cook at 100 degrees, reverse, spoon soft for 2 minutes. See note below*
  8. Add remaining ingredients and cook at 100 degrees, reverse, spoon soft for 15 minutes or until red lentils are tender.
  9. Serve on drained pasta and top with slithers or grated cheese.
Notes
  1. *If you want a chunkier mince, place mince into the steaming basket and continue on with the remainder of steps. The mince can cook inside the basket whilst the sauce bubbles on around it. Before serving, add the mince to the tmx bowl and blitz on speed 2 for 3-5 seconds just to mix and break up any really large pieces.
The Road to Loving My Thermo Mixer http://www.trtlmt.com.au/
 

Savoury Mince and Red Lentils
Serves 4
Print
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 400g dried pasta
  2. Cheese for garnish
Sauce
  1. 250g beef mince
  2. 70g red lentils + hot water for soaking briefly
  3. 1 onion, diced
  4. 2 garlic cloves, diced or crushed
  5. 2 carrots, grated
  6. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  7. 1/4 of a bunch of parsley
  8. 400g tin of diced tomatoes
  9. 3 tablespoons worstershire sauce
  10. 1/4 cup of water
  11. Salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta according to packet directions.
  2. Place lentils in a bowl and cover in hot water. Set them aside whilst you continue on with the recipe.
  3. Place oil, onion, garlic and carrots in to a frying pan and cook over a medium heat, stirring often.
  4. Add mince and drained lentils to the pan once the onion is translucent. Cook until browned.
  5. Add remaining ingredients and cook on a low to medium heat for 15 minutes or until lentils are cooked through and sauce has thickened. Stir often.
  6. If it becomes too thick just add a little water or stock to thin it.
  7. Serve on drained pasta and top with slithers or grated cheese.
The Road to Loving My Thermo Mixer http://www.trtlmt.com.au/
By | 2017-06-12T11:21:33+00:00 August 21st, 2014|Categories: Lunch and Dinner|0 Comments

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Peta
Peta is a mum to three gorgeous and very energetic young boys. She loves everyday food that is achievable for a busy family, and has a passion for involving children in cooking.

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