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

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!

• 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.

15 Minute Suppers

Like this? Follow 15 Minute Suppers on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest
and look for the #15MinuteSuppers hashtag too

Check out these scrumptious Thanksgiving leftovers and they only take 15 minutes:

Grandma's Turkey Soup from How To This And That
Turkey-Cranberry Panini from Better in Bulk
Sweet Potato & Turkey Hash from Around My Family Table
Mini Shell Pasta with Minced Meat from Food 4 Little Ones
Cheesy Turkey and Rice from Monzanita's

If you are a blogger and you’d like more info, please check out the 15 Minute Suppers website or ask to join the Facebook group to participate on Fridays…we’d love to have you join us.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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