Saturday, November 16, 2013

15 Minutes Mini Shell Pasta with Minced Meat Sauce #15MinutesSuppers

Little one and I were busy giving our car a thorough wash earlier that I nearly forgot it was almost lunch time. Good Lord that I remember to thaw the frozen minced meat before we began washing so I was able to cook up something decent. There was half a packet of leftover shell pasta, so shell pasta it is for lunch.


I have always like Shell pasta for its shape as it holds the ingredients in the pocket which makes it tastes rich and juicy; it's like hidden treasure in the shell. 

This is a simple yet satisfying dish, ideal for busy day such as today. 




Preparation Time: 5 min
Cooking Time: 10 min
Serving for: 3-4 little ones

Ingredients:
1/2 packet of dried shell pasta (200gm)
A palmful of minced meat (approx. 100gm)
1/4 cup of onion, finely chopped 
2 clove garlic, roughly chopped
1 table spoon of soya sauce
Few drops of sesame oil
A dash of salt
A dash of pepper
Few leaves of fresh / dried rosemary 
1/2 cup of Shredded cheddar cheese

The Making:

1. Boil the pasta in a pot of hot water based on indicated time (approximate 10 minutes), add a pinch of salt. Once cooked, drain the excess water and run the pasta under tab water for a few seconds, then set aside.

2. While the pasta was boiling, heat up a spoon of olive oil in the pan, sauté the garlic till fragrance, then toss in the onion, follow by the minced meat and all the remaining ingredients; stir well to mix. 

3. Let the minced meat cook for about 5 minutes (till it turns brown), then add the cooked shell pasta. Let it simmer for another 2-3 minutes with lid closed so the pasta will absorbed the sauce thoroughly.

4. Serve the pasta in a dish, add the shredded cheddar cheese on top (it will melts slowly) and decorate with some fresh rosemary leaves.

Just that simple... Bon appetite!




Tips:
• add a spoonful of butter into the pasta if you like it really creamy, but I am happy with mine as-is.
• you may add some bacon bits for the added flavor.


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7 comments:

  1. That looks so tasty! I love that it's so kid-friendly, too!

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    1. Thanks Lolli! This is indeed kids friendly meal :)

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  2. I love this idea! Sounds delicious...I know my kids will love it! Welcome to #15MinuteSuppers!

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    1. Thanks Wendy, for the invitation and kind comment! :)

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  3. This looks amazing .. need to try out for my kids.. Thanks for such an easy and wonderful recipe :)

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    1. Thanks Sylvia, hope your kids like it! :)

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  4. My family loves shell pasta too- I don't know why I don't use it more often!

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