Salsa Mince

Last night I had mince out ready to cook but hadn’t decided exactly what I was going to make with the mince.  At 5 o’clock with my daughter leaving the house about 6pm I had to decide what to cook.  I was thinking some sort of savoury mince but we had eaten a few rice dishes lately & my daughter really doesn’t like pasta, so I wasn’t sure what to serve it with.  I looked in the cupboard & saw the kidney beans & a jar of salsa, so made a dish with those & served it with wraps or corn chips.  It was an kind of an easier version of my Quick Chilli Beef.

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Tric’s Mince

Do you make recipes that are named after someone you know?  Growing up we often had Chicken Dorothea & Sandra’s Best Lasagna; both named after women who had shared their recipes with my mother.  My Mum also makes Merle’s Christmas Slice every Christmas.

I haven’t made Chicken Dorothea for years because of the ingredients, including some packet mix cream of chicken soup.  My brother still makes this regularly for his family and his girls are growing up with Chicken Dorothea as well.  My Creamy Tomato Chicken is probably about the closest we get to Chicken Dorothea now.

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Sandra’s Best Lasagna was 1 of 2 meals that I would choose for a birthday dinner growing up. We don’t often have lasagna these days but my gluten, dairy & soy free Lasagna is based on Sandra’s Best Lasagna.  (Just went to link to the recipe & realised that I haven’t posted the recipe, so will have to do this.)

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Mum R’s Mince & Pasta

I made this recipe last night and was thinking that I should blog about it.  Then I saw this blog challenge about Transcript and thought that this is the temporary thing that I can share and reflect upon.

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As you can see the original recipe is looking old and is torn in half with a little bit missing but I love using the original recipe whenever I make this recipe.  I always think of the story behind us having this recipe whenever I make it.

My husband first made this recipe just over 22 years ago.  It was the first meal he made for us after we were married.  I think it must have been on or about Monday 28 November, 1994; as it would have been when we went back to work after our honeymoon and I would have been on a late shift.  As he was home first he cooked dinner.  I believe he rang his Mum from work about the recipe and she wrote it out for him, then he picked it up on the way home.

I’ll share the original recipe below and then share how I normally make it now a days to be intolerance friendly.

The recipe as written out by my mother-in-law is as follows:

Place oil in saucepan & add mince, chopped onion, herbs, tomato paste & a little water & stir & cook for 15-20 mins.

Cook pasta in boiling water & cook for 10 mins.

Sauce

1 tablespoon of butter melted mix in 1 tablespoon of flour & stir & then add 1 cup of milk & stir in & place in microwave oven for 2 mins then stir until thick & add grated cheese.

Mix sauce & pasta & then mince.

Somehow my husband managed to make this recipe despite the lack of quantities, not sure how many phone calls occurred during the making of the recipe.  Here is the recipe as I normally make it now.

Mince & Pasta

  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

Mince Sauce

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 500g mince
  • 1 onion chopped
  • dried mixed herbs
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • a little water if needed
  • chopped vegetables (optional, I often add zuchinni & mushrooms)
  • GF pasta

White Sauce

  • 1 tbsp butter or non-dairy substitute
  • 1 tbsp corn flour or tapioca flour
  • 1 cup of milk of choice (I often use almond milk)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • handful of grated cheese (if tolerated)
  • 1 egg (optional, good to use if not using cheese

Method

  1. Heat oil in frypan or saucepan.  Add mince, chopped onion, chopped vegetables (if using).  Stir until mince is a little browned.
  2. Add herbs, tomato paste & water if needed.  Stir and leave to simmer while preparing pasta & the white sauce.
  3. Boil water and add GF pasta.  Cook for about 6 minutes until tender.
  4. Meanwhile make the white sauce.  Melt the butter in a microwave prove dish.  Stir in the flour and slowly stir in 1 cup of milk, add the nutmeg.  Microwave for 2 minutes on high & stir.  Repeat process until sauce is thick.  Add the cheese or egg once thick and stir to combine.
  5. Mix the sauce into the pasta & and then mix it all into the mince.  Serve with carrots & peas.

Do you have recipes that have been passed on from family members or friends?