You know those midweek evenings when you need to knock up something quick using the contents of the freezer? Well, this started out as a "see what's in the fridge and throw it all in" recipe but it worked so well, the Madhouse Mini-testers asked me to blog about it so that I can remember how to make it again !
Chop up a couple of onions and a handful of mushrooms and fry them in a little olive oil.
Add a packet of beef mince (or quorn mince or whatever leftover cooked meat you may have in the fridge).
Add a sachet of frozen vegetables and a little beef stock - I went for a mixture of spinach, green beans and carrots because it had a nice mix of colours and textures but anything would do really. (I didn't actually notice it had pasta in with it so I was tempted to stop here because it was already a complete meal and tasted nice - I'd already chopped up the cooked potatoes though so it was a shame to waste them ! This works just as well with cooked pasta instead of potatoes though, for next time I have leftover pasta to use up in the fridge.)
Either boil/microwave some potatoes or, if you have some leftover cooked potatoes like I did, chop them into thick slices (I used unpeeled potatoes - it's all extra fibre !) and arrange them over the mince in an ovenproof dish. Put in the oven for about 20 minutes at 200° until the potatoes go slightly golden-brown.
This actually worked out much nicer than I expected. Juliette and Pierre, who often turn their noses up at vegetables, even asked for seconds, seemingly unaware of how many vegetables were "hidden" in there ! It's a bit like a deconstructed cottage pie really !
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